Biochemist Prof. Benoît Roux elected Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada

September 15, 2021

Benoit Roux
Benoît Roux

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and its members have elected this year’s new fellows and named the incoming class of the RSC College. 

Professor Benoît Roux of the University of Chicago Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Department of Chemistry was among the eighty-nine new fellows elected by their peers for their outstanding scholarly, scientific, and artistic achievement. Recognition by the RSC for career achievement is the highest honor an individual can achieve in the arts, social sciences, and sciences in Canada.

“This year, the Royal Society of Canada welcomes an outstanding cohort of artists, scholars, and scientists, all of whom have excelled in their respective disciplines and are a real credit to Canada,” said Jeremy McNeil, president of RSC.

Professor Roux, who is Canadian, uses theoretical and computational methods to advance our understanding of the structure, dynamics, and function of biological macromolecular systems at the atomic level.

His nomination honors: “ground-breaking computer simulations that have served to establish the physical principles governing the function of biological macromolecules. His innovative work has revealed the critical role that molecular flexibility and thermal fluctuations play in defining the function of ion channels and protein kinases. His contributions have fundamentally advanced our understanding of many problems, including cellular excitability and cancer biology.”

“I have been at the University of Chicago since 2006,” he said, “and I feel very privileged to work in such a terrific intellectual environment with great colleagues.”

On November 19, 2021, Professor Roux and the other fellows will be inducted at a ceremony in Montreal.

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