Shawn Mansfield has been awarded a 2015 Killam Research Prize (senior category). This peer-nominated prize recognizes outstanding research and scholarly contributions. Prize winners were selected by UBC’s Faculty Research Award Committee, which spans arts and humanities, business, education, applied science, science and medicine.
Shawn studies the biochemistry and genetics of plant cell wall development, with a major emphasis on cellulose and lignin biosynthesis.
His laboratory employs a unique combination of plant cell wall biochemistry and functional genomics to elucidate the basic biology behind the spatial and temporal biosynthesis of the major plant cell wall biomacromolecules.
Ultimately, his laboratory attempts to establish a relationships between gene expression and phenotypic traits to better understand plant growth and development.
Shawn takes a decidedly fundamental approach to reaching his ultimate objective; that is, to develop solutions to real-world industrial and environmental problems. This is very well illustrated by a recent high-profile, co-first authored Science article entitled “Monolignol ferulate transferase introduces chemically labile linkages into the lignin backbone” (Wilkerson & Mansfield et al. 2014).
Shawn will receive his award at a ceremony to be held March 30th, 2016 at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. View a list of all recipients on the UBC Research website.