Dr. Hank Bestman

Emeritus Vice President Academic, Professor, Biology & Biochemistry

P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8047
  • 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


Hank was 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