National Honours For Chemistry Professor
Giuseppe Melacini has been awarded the Canadian Society for Chemistry’s 2020 Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Lectureship Award.
The annual award is presented to a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of biological or medicinal chemistry while working in Canada.
Giuseppe, a professor with the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, will deliver his lecture at the 103rd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition this May in Winnipeg.
Giuseppe earned his BSc and PhD in biophysical chemistry from the University of Milan. He joined McMaster in 2003, was promoted to professor in 2014 and has served as Director of the Chemical Biology Graduate Program since 2019.
The lectureship award is the latest honour for Giuseppe, who has also received the Premier Research Excellence Award and the Alzheimer Society of Canada Young Investigator Award in 2005, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada New Investigator Award and the Maureen Andrew Award in 2006, the CIHR Maud Menten Finalist Prize in 2007, the McMaster Student Union Teaching Award for Faculty of Science in 2012, an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement in 2014, and the HSGSF Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision Award in 2019.
Research in the Melacini Lab focuses on the molecular pharmacology of allosteric modulators and amyloid inhibitors. Using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy integrated with other biophysical and biochemical assays, the Melacini group has elucidated the mechanism of inhibition for several cyclic nucleotide-dependent signaling proteins and amyloidogenic peptides linked to cancer and neurodegenerative disorders, respectively.