Margaret Kayser

Professor Emerita in Chemistry

Convocation Ceremony: May 29, 2009

Dr. Margaret Kayser joined the University of New Brunswick Saint John as an Associate Professor in 1986 and became a full professor in 1992.

Her distinguished 20-year career has brought the University of New Brunswick in Saint John international repute because of her outstanding research and excellence in teaching and her international recognition as an authority on biotransformation.

During her time at this university, she published extensively in the area of biotransformations and has mentored graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. She contributed to development of the undergraduate and graduate chemistry programs, and was well-respected by her students and her colleagues for her efforts to strengthen science programs at UNB Saint John.

Her reputation for providing challenging projects that yielded exceptional students facilitated securing study terms for some of her graduate students at prestigious institutions in Europe and North America.

In addition, she contributed significantly to the training of other highly qualified chemists. Post Doctoral fellows and five visiting scientists from Europe and Asia joined her group to learn more about what she was discovering and accomplishing.

Over the years, Margaret Kayser’s cutting edge research has been widely recognized, bringing over 3/4 of a million dollars to UNB Saint John. She built a research network with other institutions such as Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia), University of Florida, Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung (Germany), and the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands).

In addition to her many international collaborations and associations, she successfully forged a link with a local industry and, as a result, received a P. Oland Industrial Research Grant. Dr. Kayser was appointed an Honorary Research Professor, and is the recipient of two University Merit awards.

These successes are evidence of tremendous love of chemistry, love of students and of proven ability to improve this institution as well as society.