David Zechel grew up in southeastern Manitoba and attended Whitemouth School. Following graduation he studied chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Toronto as a U of T Arbor scholar, supplemented with summer research experiences with Ronald Kluger (bioorganic) and Ian Manners (organometallic polymers). David moved on to PhD studies with Stephen Withers at the University of British Columbia where he focused on the mechanisms of glycosidases. He was supported by NSERC and Killam fellowships, which was helpful as he became a father of two at this time. As a postdoc David studied X-ray crystallography with Gideon Davies (York University, UK) and directed evolution with Andreas Plückthun (University of Zürich), the latter position supported by a Human Frontiers fellowship. In 2004 David started his independent research career in the department of Chemistry at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario). He was promoted to full Professor in 2017. When David is not thinking of unusual enzymes and natural products he is planning his next escape into Canada’s hinterland by canoe or snowshoe.
DLZ’s current CV can be found in the link below.