Dr. Chris Le

Distinguished University Professor

Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology

Division of Analytical and Environmental Toxicology
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About Me

Dr. Chris Le is Distinguished University Professor and Director of Analytical and Environmental Toxicology Division in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta.


PhD (1993), Chemistry, University of British Columbia

MSc (1988), Chemistry, Brock University

MSc (1986), Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

BSc (1979), Chemistry, Wuhan University.

Major awards:

University Cup. University of Alberta. 2018

FoMD Canada 150 Research Chair. Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta. 2018

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). 2016

BCEIA Outstanding Contribution Award. BCEIA Conference. 2015

Distinguished University Professor. University of Alberta. 2011

Maxxam Award (Analytical Chemistry). Canadian Society for Chemistry. 2011

Environment Research & Development Award. Chemical Institute of Canada. 2011

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC), Academy of Science. 2010

Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Bioanalytical Technology and Environmental Health. 2010-2017

Award for Excellence in Mentoring. Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta. 2009

W.A.E. McBryde Medal. Canadian Society for Chemistry. 2002

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Bioanalytical Technology and Environmental Health. 2001-2010

Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (FCIC). 2001

Martha Cook Piper Research Prize. University of Alberta. 2000

E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. 2000


Analytical Chemistry (American Chemical Society). Since 2018

Environmental Health Perspectives (U. S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences). Since 2014

Journal of Environmental Sciences (Chinese Academy of Sciences and Elsevier). Since 2015


Dr. Le teaches LABMP550 (Analytical and Environmental Toxicology) and LABMP553 (Advanced Environmental Toxicology), and contributes to teaching LABMP551 (Laboratory Research Methods), LABMP530 (Experimental Design and Scientific Communication), and MLSCI466 (Applied Toxicology). He also gives guest lectures to several courses offered in other departments.  

Dr. Le mentors graduate students (MSc and PhD), undergraduate students (thesis and summer research), and post-doctoral fellows.


  1. Develop analytical techniques and assays for highly sensitive detection of environmental contaminants, nucleic acids, DNA mutation, and specific proteins.
  2. Generate aptamers and improve affinity-binding and signal amplification techniques.
  3. Design and construct nano-systems for cell imaging and drug delivery.
  4. Assess human exposure to environmental contaminants and the associated toxicity.
  5. Identify arsenic species in water, food, biological fluids and tissues.
  6. Study mechanism(s) of arsenic metabolism and health effects.