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Faculty graduates hear from biotechnology pioneer

Published: May 22, 2015
Julian Davies
Julian Davies, professor emeritus of the University of British Columbia

A chemistry professor, who became internationally renowned as a microbiologist, addressed graduates of McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences at their convocation on May 22.

Julian Davies, professor emeritus of the University of British Columbia, talked to the 475 graduates after receiving an honorary doctor of science degree from the university.

Davies was recently described by the journal Nature Biotechnology as "an icon of the European biotech industry and a pioneer of metagenomics" because of the impact of his research on modern biotechnology.  He played a seminal role in the understanding of the function of antibiotics, as well as the mechanisms of bacterial resistance.

He has identified pathways for isolating antibiotics from natural sources and has studied the broader role of antibiotics in nature.  On Friday he was also talking with trainees of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, which has a focus on antibiotic resistance.

At the convocation, graduates included physicians, midwives, physician assistants and more than 160 graduates of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program. In addition there were graduates of several diploma, masters and PhD health science programs.

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