Steve Evans - Biochemistry and Microbiology
After spending years doing research in Ottawa, Steve Evans returned to his native British Columbia and joined UVic, where he’s a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology.
When asked what compelled him to pursue his field of research, Steve replied: "It has been a circuitous journey, and it would be correct to say that a career in medical research was initiated when I happened upon some shiny stones as a child. The stones led to an interest in rocks and minerals, and I found out that there was a scientific discipline called 'crystallography' that explained the habits and morphologies of the mineral crystals that I was collecting."
As an undergraduate in chemistry, Evans learned how x-ray diffraction could be combined with crystallography to determine the structures of the molecules in the crystals. He decided to carry out graduate studies using these techniques.
After graduation, Evans changed the area of his research to biochemistry, where the structures of biological molecules he solved could be used to understand the fundamental basis of life processes. Every aspect of life depends on molecular processes. In studying the structures of these molecules and how they interact one can gain valuable insight not only into how life "works," but into associated disease states and therapeutic approaches.