Chris Kazala, MSc

Research Partner, VPRI Research Partner Network

Pronouns: he/him


Research Partner, VPRI Research Partner Network
2-10D Agriculture/Forestry Centre
9011 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2P5



I obtained a MSc in Biochemistry from Western University (London, ON) and worked in both industry and academia before joining the University of Alberta in 2004, where I was a Lab and Program Manager in the area of oilseed biotechnology. In 2017 I became the Research Development Coordinator for the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science and then the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) in 2020.  I am currently a Research Partner for researchers in the natural and applied sciences and a key contact for those based in the Faculty of ALES. 

I currently support faculty members applying for funding from the following sponsors:

Agriculture Funding Consortium (and its members)

Alberta Innovates (opportunities related to Agriculture and Agri-Food)

Environment and Climate Change Canada

fRI Research

Genome Alberta / Genome Canada

Industry Partnerships (Faculty of ALES)

National Research Council (NRC)

NSERC Alliance (involving Agriculture or Agri-Food partners)

Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR)

Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP)


My thesis centred on the identification and characterization of proteases in E. coli and much of my post-graduate research work focused on the lipid biosynthesis enzymes in both canola and beef cattle.  Our group actively collaborated with a number of scientists in many areas, including geneticists, chemists, dietitians, plant breeders and social scientists, encouraging me to become familiar with a number of disciplines and to be comfortable with working at the interface between specializations


I have taught sections and lectures in undergraduate biochemistry and lipid chromatography and was a lab instructor (introductory genetics) for several years.  I also managed a CIHR training program in Protein Function Discovery for graduate students at Queen's University, providing instruction in the use and application of a number of proteomic and protein characterization techniques and instruments.