William C. Plaxton, Ph.D

William C. Plaxton

Faculty Bio

William Plaxton received a BSc in Biochemistry in 1980 from Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario) and a PhD in Biology in 1984 from the same institution. His doctorate work under the supervision of Ken Storey focused on the metabolic adaptations of intertidal marine molluscs to environmental anoxia stress. He then carried out post-doctoral research on plant starch metabolism with Jack Preiss at the Dept. of Biochemistry of Michigan State University. William began his independent career in 1986 when appointed to the faculty in the Dept. of Biology at Queen’s University, and is now a Full Professor in their Plant Science Research Group. He also holds a cross-appointment in the Biochemistry Division of the Dept. of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s. Research in the Plaxton lab has been continuously and well-funded by a series of NSERC Discovery and Equipment grants.

Lab website: http://post.queensu.ca/~plaxton/

Editorial Board: The Biochemical Journal: 2007-present (http://www.biochemj.org/bj/default.htm)

Honours & Awards:

CSPB Society (Gold) Medal: (2018) a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists for 'Outstanding Contributions to Plant Biology in Canada'
Queen’s Research Chair in Plant Biochemistry – Awarded in 2004 for 'Outstanding Research Contributions by a Senior Faculty Member’.  

Queen's Junior Research Fellowship - Awarded in 1995 by Fac. Arts & Science, Queen's Univ., for 'Research Excellence by a Junior Faculty member'.

 C.D. Nelson Award - Awarded in 1993 by the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists 'Outstanding Research Contributions to Plant Biology' by a scientist <40 years of age. 

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) -

            i) University Research Fellowship: awarded in 1986 for tenure at Queen's Univ., Dept. of Biology

            ii) Postdoctorate Fellowship:   1984‑1986

            iii) Postgraduate Scholarship:   1982‑1984 




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