Prof. Martin Tanner


Born: April 15, 1963;  Suffern, New York
Citizenship: U.S.A. and Canada (dual)
Address: The University of British Columbia

Department of Chemistry

2036 Main Mall

Vancouver, B.C., Canada  V6T 1Z1

Telephone: (604) 822-9453 (Office);  (604) 822-9528 (Lab)


11/90-7/92 Harvard University, Cambridge

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Director: Prof. Jeremy R. Knowles


9/85-10/90 University of California, Los Angeles

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry awarded 10/90

Research Director: Prof. Donald J. Cram


9/81-5/85 University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

B.S. Chemistry awarded 5/85, with Departmental Honors


2015-18 Member of the NSERC Discovery Grants Program, 1501-Genes, Cells and Molecules Evaluation Group
2013 JSPS Fellowship, University of Tokyo (Abe lab)
2010 Bernard Belleau Award of the Canadian Society for Chemistry
2007-09 Member of the Executive Committee of the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry
2005 Co-Chair of the 2005 Gordon Research Conference on Enzymes, Coenzymes, and Metabolic Pathways


2004 Merck Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research Lecture Award
2004-06 Member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
2003 UBC Faculty of Science Achievement Award for Research
2003-present Editorial Board Member for Bioorganic Chemistry (Elsevier)
1998-99 Chair of the Biological/Medicinal Chemistry Division of the CSC
1997 Bio-Méga/Boehringer Ingelheim Young Investigator Award for Organic Chemistry
1990-1992 NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship
1990 NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined)
1985 Dean’s Silver Medal in Science; University of Alberta
1985 NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (declined)
Professor 7/03-present
Associate Professor 7/98-6/03
Assistant Professor The University of British Columbia 8/92-6/98
Running a research group in the field of mechanistic enzymology and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses.
Postdoctoral Researcher Harvard University, Cambridge 11/90-7/92
Research Director: Prof. Jeremy R. Knowles
Studied the mechanistic enzymology of glutamate racemase.
Research Assistant University of California, Los Angeles 8/85-10/90
Research Director: Prof. Donald J. Cram
Studied molecular recognition and entrapment.  Characterized entrapped cyclobutadiene at room temperature.