Michael C. Archer MA MSc PhD DSc
Graduate Teaching Award – Senior Sustained Excellence in Graduate Teaching
Departments of Nutritional Sciences & Medical Biophysics
Context(s) for Award:
Graduate Student Supervision
Michael Archer received an MA in 1965 in chemistry from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in 1967 in molecular enzymology from the University of Warwick, and a PhD in 1970 in biochemistry from the University of Toronto. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was subsequently appointed Assistant then Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Biological Sciences. During this time he was the recipient of a Research Career Development Award from the NIH. He returned to the University of Toronto in 1979 as a Senior Scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute/Princess Margaret Hospital with a faculty position in the Department of Medical Biophysics. In 1994 he was awarded an NSERC - Industry Research Chair in Nutritional Toxicology in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and from 1998 – 2009 he was Earle W. McHenry Professor and Chair of that Department. He is currently a Professor Emeritus. Dr Archer’s research on environmental and genetic mechanisms of cancer development has led to over 200 scientific publications. In 1989 he was awarded a DSc degree from the University of Warwick for his contributions to cancer research.
“It has been a great pleasure for me to supervise, over many years, a group of highly talented, enthusiastic graduate students, committed to scientific research. To play a role in the development of the intellectual curiosity, creativity and overall scientific sophistication of these students to the point where they become highly productive, independent researchers has been immensely satisfying.”