The Vederas Group
Department of Chemistry
The University of Alberta

Appointments & Awards


-University Professor of Chemistry

-B.Sc., Stanford University
-Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
-Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Associate - University of Basel (Switzerland), Purdue University

-Fellow of the Royal Society (London)
-Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada


Senior Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), 2016

Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology, 2014

Leadership in Science Award, 2010, Alberta Science and Technology (ASTech) Foundation

Fellow of the Royal Society (London), 2009

Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) Medal, 2008

Alberta Centennial Medal, 2006

Kathleen Klawe Prize for Excellence in Teaching Large Classes, 2006

Alfred Bader Award for Organic Chemistry, 2005, Canadian Society for Chemistry

Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring (research students) - 2003 - University of Alberta

J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research -2003 - University of Alberta

R. U. Lemieux Award for Organic Chemistry - 2002 - Canadian Society for Chemistry

Appointed "University Professor" - University of Alberta

University Cup for Research and Teaching - University of Alberta

Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching - University of Alberta

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Faculty of Science Award for Excellent Teaching - University of Alberta

Killam Annual Professor - University of Alberta

McCalla Research Professor - University of Alberta

John Labatt Award - Chemical Institute of Canada for research in bioorganic chemistry

Chemical Institute of Canada Fellow

Merck, Sharp and Dohme Award - Chemical Institute of Canada for organic chemist or biochemist researcher under 40

American Philosophical Society Postdoctoral Grant

Merck Undergraduate Award

William H. Nichols Scholarships

Stanford University Board of Trustees Scholarships


Co-Chair American Peptide Symposium - 2017

Chair Chemical Institute of Canada - 2015-2016

Canada Research Chair in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry - 2001 to 2015

Vice-Chair Chemical Institute of Canada - 2014-2015

Member, Scientific Advisory Board, National Research Council, Plant Biotechnology Institute (NRC PBI) - 2009-2011

Member, External Review Panel, Ontario Council of Graduate Studies, Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Chemistry -2009

Member, University Alberta President Review Panel -2009

Chair, External Review Panel Chemical & Physical Sciences Univ Toronto Mississauga -2009

Chair, CFI Panel Biomaterials - 2008

Chair, Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference - 2008

Member, Steacie Prize Selection Panel - 2005-2006

Member, University President Search Committee, University of Alberta - 2004-2005

President, Canadian Society for Chemistry - 2002 to 2003

Chair, NSERC Committee on Scholarships and Fellowships - 2002 to 2004

Member of Council, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - 2001 to 2004

Associate Editor, Organic Letters (American Chemical Society) - November 2001 to 2003

Editorial Board and Editorial Advisory Board, Royal Society of Chemistry (United Kingdom) - Natural Product Reports - 1997 to present

Vice-President, Canadian Society for Chemistry 2001 to 2002

Member - Advisory Board, IUPAC Symposium on Bioorganic Chemistry 2002

Organizer Molecular Diversity Symposium - Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference - 2001

Alternate Councilor - Biological Chemistry Division - American Chemical Society - 1996 to 1997, 2001 to 2002

Chairman - Chemistry External Review Panel - Academic VP Office Simon Fraser Univ - 2001

Member - Lawrence Berkeley Physical Biosciences Review Committee - 2000

Member - NSERC Strategic Grants - Biosciences Advisory Group - 2000

Chairman - Organic Chemistry Division, University of Alberta - 1994 to 2000

Member - Pharmacology Grant Review Panel - National Cancer Institute - 1996 to 1997 and 1999 to2000

Board Member, Noujaim Institute for Pharmaceutical Oncology Research - 1998 to 2000

Organizer Antibiotics and Biosynthesis Symposia PacificChem 2000 Conference

Area Coordinator - Bioscience and Technology - PacificChem 2000 Conference

External Consultant - Appraisal Committee of Ontario Council of Graduate Studies

Chairman - Industrial Chair Site Visit Team - NSERC

Chairman - Mass Spectrometry Site Visit Committee - NSERC Major Installations

Inter-American Development Bank Visiting Professor - University of the West Indies

Ad Hoc Member - US National Institutes of Health Study Section - Bioorganic Chemistry/Natural Products

Area Coordinator - Organic-Medicinal Chemistry Program (Canada) - 5th Chemical Congress of North America, Cancun, Mexico

Organizer - Organic-Medicinal Program (Canada) - Pacifichem'95 Chemical Congress, Hawaii

Organizer - Symposium on Natural Products, 15th International Botanical Congress, Tokyo

Program Chairman - Biological Division, 75th Canadian Chemistry Conference

Member - American Chemical Society; Royal Society of Chemistry; Sigma Xi Scientific Society; Chemical Institute of Canada

Chairman - Biological Division, Chemical Institute of Canada

Secretary-Treasurer - Biological Division, Chemical Institute of Canada

US National Institutes of Health Site Visit Team - Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

National Research Council Plant Biotechnology Review Panel

Fellowships Selection Committee - Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research

Chemistry Grant Selection Panel - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - 1989 to 1992, Chairman 1991 to 1992

Visiting Scientist - Chinese Academy of Sciences

Visiting Scientist - National Chemical Laboratory, Pretoria, South Africa

Western Canada Lecturer