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Fraser Hof
The Chemistry Department at UVic felt like home the first time I visited and after all the support I've received during my time here, it feels even better now.

Fraser Hof, Canada Research Chair in Supramolecular and Medicinal Chemistry, joined UVic's Department of Chemistry in 2005.

His research into the cellular pathways that drive the development of aggressive forms of cancer recently led to a breakthrough discovery. He and his team have created compounds that interfere with a key protein molecule associated with prostate cancer. "There's still a lot of work to do — probably eight to 10 years — before this discovery could become a drug for use on humans," he says. "But it has promise."

Reflecting back on his decision to join UVic, Hof remains enthusiastic, "The work environment in my department is superb. I enjoy coming to work every day and my colleagues strive to make that true for both our students and researchers."

Fast Facts

  • 36 UVic faculty members currently hold Canada Research Chairs in fields as diverse as neuroscience, Indigenous peoples, climate gerontology, energy systems design, oceanography and philosophy.
  • UVic graduate students receive research funding in excess of the national average. Last year our students received over $4.3 million in national scholarships and fellowships.
  • In the 2010 Re$earch Infosource ranking of Canada's research universities, UVic tops all other comprehensive universities in Canada in two out of three measures of research performance over the last decade: growth in research income and growth in research intensity.
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