October 2, 2020
Peter Zandstra, the director of the School of Biomedical Engineering and Michael Smith Laboratories at UBC, has been named a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health science community.
The fellowship recognizes a record of substantial accomplishment in academic health science, including demonstrated leadership and creativity and a commitment to advance the discipline.
One of eight UBC professors elected to the academy this year, Zandstra's citation reads:
Dr. Peter Zandstra is internationally recognized for his distinguished contributions to the field of biomedical engineering and is advancing our fundamental understanding of how stem cells develop into mature blood cells. Using this knowledge to design and implement new technologies that enable stem cell-based therapies for diseases such as leukemia, Dr. Zandstra is driving the development and clinical testing of these new therapies with Canadian biotechnology companies. A leader in cell and gene therapy manufacturing, Dr. Zandstra is catalyzing the growth of biomedical engineering research and education, across Canada and around the world.
For more information, please see the announcements on the website of the UBC School of Biomedical Engineering and on the website of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.