University of Toronto, Canada
Arnis Kuksis, BSc., MSc., PhD., PhD h.c., FRS(C), Professor Emeritus University of Toronto
Born in Latvia, December 3, 1927.
Iowa State, Ames, Iowa: BSc. (Agronomy) 1951; MSc. (Agronomy) 1953;
Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada: PhD. (Biochemistry) 1956;
Royal Military College (RMC), Kingston, Ontario, Canada: Postdoctoral Fellow (Organic Chemistry) 1956-1958.
Medical Research Associate (Medical Research Council of Canada) 1960-1997
Queen’s: Research Associate (Biochemistry) 1958-1960
Queen’s: Assistant Professor (Biochemistry) 1960-1964
University of Toronto (UofT): Assistant, Associate, Full Professor, Professor Emeritus (Biochemistry and Banting and Best Medical Research) 1965 to present
Certificate, Triglyceride Standardization Program 1969-1970 (CDC, Atlanta, GA)
Fellow Royal Society (Canada) (1988)
Doctor of Philosophy Honoris Causa, University of Turku, Turku, Finland (2000)
Dutton Award, American Oil Chemists’ Society (2000)
Award of Merit, American Oil Chemists’ Society (2019)
Brief summary of Research
Paper chromatography of amino acids (1962-1963); ion exchange column chromatography of enzymatic hydrolysis products of DNA (1953-1956); synthesis of polyesters and application of thin layer coatings to solid propellants (1956-1958); development of packed short length columns for high temperature GLC of molecular distillates of oils and fats and discovery of GLC resolution of mixtures of natural long chain triglycerides (1960-1962); application of high temperature GLC to analysis of total lipid extracts of plasma and tissues before and after PLA2 digestion (1962-1965), application of differential PLA2 (including secretory PLA2) digestion and LC/MS profiling of total lipid extracts of plasma lipoproteins (1965-2005); detailed LC/MS examination of electronically stored LC/ESI/MS profiles of total lipid extracts of PLA2 treated plasma lipoproteins to answer questions of medical interest (2005-present).
The work at Queen’s and UofT received generous support from the Medical Research Council of Canada, Ontario Heart Foundation, American Heart Foundation and CDC Atlanta, Georgia, and the imagination of many graduate and postdoctoral fellows, whose contributions have been shared by co-authorships in numerous research publications.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
12:10 PM CDT