Dr. Leonard J. Foster is a professor and current interim head of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia. His research laboratory is in the Michael Smith Laboratories, he is the CFI Advisor to the VP Research & Innovation, and he serves on several faculty and university committees.
His research is focused on quantitative proteomics using LC-MS/MS to study biological systems. They cover a wide range of topics including pathogen invasion, infection, protein localization, and mapping protein interaction. His current projects include finding host targets of effector proteins secreted from pathogenic bacteria, mapping protein interaction networks, and understanding disease resistance mechanisms in honey bees. The Foster Lab also has projects that extend to exploring the dynamic composition of lipid rafts, host signal transduction cascades initiated by pathogens, host receptors for pathogenic bacteria, and development of software tools to improve the acquisition, analysis, storage, and dissemination of proteomic data.
He received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto and a degree in Proteomics from the University of Southern Denmark.