Dr. Charles (Chuck) R. Sanders
Term Ending 2024
Dr. Charles R. Sanders, Protein Society President, is Professor of Biochemistry, holder of the Aileen M. Lange & Annie Mary Lyle Chair in Cardiovascular Research, and Associate Dean for Research in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Basic Sciences.
Dr. Sanders is interested in determining the molecular biophysical mechanisms by which defects in membrane proteins contribute to human diseases, including cardiac arrhythmia, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Both the approaches developed for these studies and the results gleaned can be used to help support the practice of personalized (precision) medicine and to provide the basis for knowledge-based therapeutic strategies. Moreover, significant basic science advances often result from examining exactly what goes wrong when Nature makes mistakes.
Dr. Sanders was the recipient of the 2013 Hans Neurath Award of the Protein Society (shared with Jennifer Doudna) for his fundamental contributions to protein science.
Dr. Elizabeth Meiering
Term Ending 2025
Liz grew up in Guelph, Ontario and Bocholt, Germany. She graduated with a BSc degree in Honours Chemistry, Physics Option in 1988 from the University of Waterloo. She completed her PhD in 1992 at the University of Cambridge with her thesis on the influence of active site residues on the folding and function of barnase, with supervisor Professor Sir Alan Fersht in the Department of Chemistry. She then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. Her postdoctoral research was on the activity and drug binding of dihydrofolate reductase analyzed by multidimensional heteronuclear NMR in the group of Professor Gerhard Wagner.
In 1996, Dr. Meiering joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo, where she currently holds the position of Full Professor. She won a John Charles Polanyi Award and a University Research Chair. Her professional activities include serving on the Editorial Board for Protein Engineering Design and Selection, the ALS Society of Canada Scientific Advisory Board, CIHR Grant Review Committee, NIH Grant Review Panel, and a wide range of other internal and external committees and roles, including as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Director of the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology University of Waterloo, Director of the Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as Executive Council Member of The Protein Society and Chair of the Proteins Gordon Research Conference.
Dr. Jean Baum
Term Ending 2023
Dr. Jean Baum now serves as Secretary/Treasurer for The Protein Society. The Secretary/Treasurer is the record-keeper and CFO for the Society, maintains records of Society business, acts as Chair of the Finance Committee, and is responsible for monitoring and reporting to the Executive Council on financial matters for a 3-year term.
Dr. Baum, Distinguished Professor at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, received her A.B. from Barnard College, and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Her laboratory, The Baum Group, studies protein-protein interaction and protein aggregation through biochemical and biophysical techniques, including Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.