Shawn is a world-leading authority on plant secondary cell wall biosynthesis. He is internationally recognized for his efforts linking genomics, biochemistry, and development, and using functional genomics has discovered genes critical to plant growth. His work has significant implications for the improvement of bioenergy crops and forest trees, with the potential to substantially ameliorate the anthropogenic footprint of industrial processing and mitigate atmospheric CO2 release.
About the Award
This award recognizes Canadian scholars, artists, and scientists, peer-elected as the best in their field.
The fellowship of the RSC comprises distinguished men and women from all branches of learning who have made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life.
To read more about Shawn and to see all 14 UBC elected RSC members, see the announcement on UBC Research + Innovation. To see the official class of 2018 announcement, see the RSC website’s newly elected Fellows and College members.