Dr. Hank Bestman

Vice President Academic, Professor, Biology & Biochemistry P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8047 F: 780-465-3534
Education
  • PhD Weed Science, University of Alberta, 1988
  • M.Sc. Weed Science, University of Alberta, 1982
  • BA Biology/Chemistry, Dordt College, Sioux Centre Iowa, 1979
  • Ing. Agriculture, Christelijke Hogere Landbouw School, Dronten, The Netherlands, 1970

Bio
Hank is the Vice-President Academic and Research and Professor of Biology and Biochemistry. He received his graduate degrees (M.Sc. and Ph.D) in Plant Science from the University of Alberta. Appointed in 1987, Dr. Bestman was the second faculty member in the Biology Department. During his 24 years of teaching, he has taught a range of courses, including Introductory Biology, Plant Physiology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Biostatistics, and Mathematical Modelling in Biology. His research interests focus on carbon metabolism in algae and on a systems biology approach to understanding complex biological processes. He has been in his current administrative position since 2011.

 

Research Interests

  • Carbon metabolism in algae
  • Computational modelling of cellular biological process
  • Complexity and emergence in a systems understanding of biological organisms

Current Research

  • Laboratory-based experimental research on the influence of nutritional conditions on carbon metabolism in the alga Neochloris oleoabundans
  • Theoretical reflections on the relationship between complexity and emergence from a systems biology perspective
  • Use of published computational models in teaching control of cellular dynamics

Recent Presentations
Bestman*, H.D. and K.J. Ooms. Introducing the dynamics of metabolic regulation and fluxomics to undergraduate students using published mathematical models. 11th International Conference on Systems Biology, October 10-14, 2010, Edinburgh, UK.

Bestman* H.D. and J.B. Brandsma. Post-genomic biology: from molecular to systems? Annual Meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation, July 30-Aug. 2, 2010, Washington, DC.

Brandsma*, J.B. and H.D. Bestman. Systems biology and the definition of emergence. Annual Meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation, July 30-Aug. 2, 2010, Washington, DC.

Bestman*, H.D. and J.B. Brandsma. Systems biology – a sampling of research approaches and in silico tools. Annual Meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation, July 30-Aug. 2, 2010, Washington, DC.

Bestman*, H.D., K.J. Ooms, and J.B. Brandsma. Metabolic labelling studies with the alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii under heterotrophic and mixotrophic growing conditions. Fifth International Conference of the Metabolomics Society, August 30-Sept. 2, 2009, Edmonton, AB.

Brandsma*, J.B., H.D. Bestman, K.J. Ooms, and J.A. Westerhuis. NMR and algal metabolomics – identification of nutritionally-induced biomarkers. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists, July 18-22, 2009, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.

Bestman*, H.D., J.B. Brandsma, J.A. Westerhuis, and K.J. Ooms. Metabolic profiles of the freshwater alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii determined by 1H NMR and cross model validation and permutation testing. Annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists, June 12-15, 2009, Burnaby, B.C.

Manuscripts Accepted for Publication
Cook, H. and H.D. Bestman. Biological Complexity. Submitted to Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, September 2011.

Manuscripts in Preparation
Bestman, H.D. and H. Cook. Post-genomic Biology: from Molecular to Systems. To be submitted to Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith.

Cook, H., H.D. Bestman, and J.B. VanderVeen. Emergence in Systems Biology. To be submitted to Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith.

Bestman, H.D. and K.J. Ooms. Computer-controlled system for labelling algal cultures with 13CO2.