Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics

Dr. Aled Edwards is founding and current CEO of the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), Professor at the University of Toronto and Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford. Trained as a protein biochemist at McGill University (with Peter Braun) and at Stanford University (with Roger Kornberg), his research interests include structural biology, host-virus interaction, functional proteomics and drug discovery.

In 1997, he and Dr. Cheryl Arrowsmith, contemporaneously with others around the world, launched a pilot project in structural genomics. The publication of their pilot project represented the first report of a large-scale effort in structural biology. Since 2000, Al and his colleagues have contributed to over 2,000 unique protein structures into the Protein Data Bank.

Al's other interests include open access and open innovation approaches to drug discovery, and science outreach. He was the Scientific Advisor to the award-winning international TV science drama, ReGenesis.