McMaster University


McMaster University


Faculty Member of the Month



Jonathan Schertzer

Dr. Jonathan Schertzer joined the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences 5 years ago -after postdoctoral work with Dr. Amira Klip at The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto) and a McMaster University Degroote fellowship with Dr. Gregory Steinberg - where he was interested in understanding the links between inflammation and glucose metabolism.

Dr. Schertzer occasionally misses Melbourne, Australia (where he completed his PhD), but now enjoys guiding fellows and students in research that is focussed on immunometabolism and figuring out how microbes alter endocrine control of metabolism. He looks forward to many years of investigating how microbe-induced immune cues alter blood glucose and vice versa. He is grateful for funding from Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) - and local support including funding from the Farncombe Institute and Hamilton Health Sciences. Recent years have seen many changes in the SchertzerLab. It was exciting to see the first graduate student’s move on to exciting endeavours in medical school and industry. Jane and Emily are missed and the lab team is now preparing for the graduation of the next PhD students. Dr. Schertzer has his team to thank for recent success and allowing him to secure Associate Professor status and a Canada Research Chair in Metabolic Inflammation.

The main thing that he likes about science = the unique people + unfettered access to coffee. He enjoys chasing and sometimes catching his two sons (Aidan, 7 and Xavier, 5), playing hockey and is a Leafs fan (which is finally looking promising).

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