K. W. Michael Siu, PhD, FCIC, FRSC, was appointed Vice-President, Research and Innovation of the University of Windsor for a five year term commencing December 1, 2012.
Dr. Siu received his BSc from the University of Hong Kong, and MSc in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He moved to Canada to attend Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he received his PhD in Chemistry in 1981.
Dr. Siu then accepted a position as Research Associate with the Division of Chemistry at the National Research Council of Canada. Over the following 16 years, Dr. Siu held positions with the NRC as Research Officer, Institute for Environmental Research and Technology (formerly Institute for Environmental Chemistry) and Senior Research Officer, Institute for National Measurement Standards.
In 1998, Dr. Siu relocated to York University as Professor of Chemistry and NSERC/SCIEX (now AB SCIEX) Senior Industrial Research Chair in Analytical Mass Spectrometry. He was the Founding Director of the Centre for Research in Mass Spectrometry. Dr. Siu was named Distinguished Research Professor in 2007; in July of 2005, he accepted the first of two, three-year appointments as the Associate Vice-President Research, Science and Technology at York University.
Dr. Siu is recognized globally as a leader in the fundamentals as well as applications in the field of mass spectrometry. He has coauthored more than 240 refereed articles, and he and his group have given in excess of 440 presentations of which 50% were in the invited, keynote or plenary category. Dr. Siu’s research is / has been supported by many agencies and organizations, including NSERC, CIHR, CFI, Genome Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, ISTP, OCE, OIT, ORDCF, and Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. Dr. Siu has been active in serving the academic community; he holds / has held a number of executive or board positions; including President of the Canadian Society for Mass Spectrometry, 2009-2012,; Chair/Director, Canadian National Proteomics Network, 2008-present; Director, Human Proteome Organization, 2010-2012; Chair, Board of Directors, Ontario Cancer Biomarker Network, 2006-present; Member, Scientific Advisory Board, B.C. Proteomics Network, 2009-present; and Member, Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board, Proteocyte Diagnostics Inc. He is an Associate Editor of Clinical Proteomics and serves on the editorial boards of a number of scientific journals.
Over the years, Dr. Siu has received a number of prestigious awards and accolades in recognition of his professional, academic and societal contributions, including in the last 10 years, the Gerhard Herzberg Award (2004, Canadian Society for Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy), F.P. Lossing Award (2005, Canadian Society for Mass Spectrometry), Maxxam Award (2006, Canadian Society for Chemistry), New Pioneers Award in Science and Technology (2007, Skills for Change), and Chinese Canadian Legend Award (2012, Asian Business Network Association). Dr. Siu was elected a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (1996) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2009).
Dr. Siu feels strongly that the fruits of academic research should be translated out to the community for societal gain. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated his dedication to fostering the community, government and industry partnerships that enable mobilization of academic research, innovation and artistic creativity to applications that will lead to the betterment of society.