Honorary Degrees

N.B.: The detail displayed about each honorary degree recipient varies, as the database was compiled from a variety of sources. However, more information may be available at the University Archives.


Honourary Degree recipient, Lorne Babiuk. (University Photograph Collection, A-11079)
Name: Dr. Lorne Babiuk
Convocation date: June 6, 2014
Discipline / contribution: vaccine research
Citation / biographical information:
Dr. Babiuk studied at the University of Saskatchewan, receiving the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Master of Science degrees. He received a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of British Columbia. In 1987 he was awarded the Earned Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and in 2007 he was named one of the 100 Alumni of Influence as part of the university's Centennial Celebrations.

He specializes in immunology, pathogenesis, virology, molecular virology, and vaccinology, and is a world expert in infectious diseases and their control, specifically by vaccination. He has published over 500 manuscripts, awarded 40 patents, and trained over 100 Ph.D. and post-doctoral fellows who have gone on to successful careers in academia, industry, and government.

Amoung his many honours he is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Member of the European Academy of Sciences. Dr. Babiuk was also honoured to receive the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and to be inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame. Dr. babiuk was awarded the 2012 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award and in 2013 with the Killam Prize in health sciences.

Before taking up his position at the University of Alberta, Dr. Babiuk was the director of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO). During his time at VIO, Dr. Babiuk built the organization into an international powerhouse carrying out major research in immunology, pathnogenesis, virology, molecular virology, and vaccinoloy.
Degree received: Doctor of Science
Degree presented by: Karen Chad

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