Normand Voyer was born in St-Eustache, Quebec. He graduated from Université Laval with a B. Sc. in Chemistry in 1981. He did his graduate studies at Laval under the direction of Professor Robert Chênevert. He obtained his Ph. D. in 1985. He then joined Donald J. Cram (1987 Nobel Laureate) group at UCLA, where he worked as Postdoctoral Scholar. He moved to the Central Research Department of E. I. DuPont De Nemours & Co (Wilmington, DE, USA) in January 1987 where he was a Visiting Scientist in Dr. William F. DeGrado Laboratory. In August 1988, he accepted an Assistant Professor appointment at the Université de Sherbrooke and got promoted there Associate Professor in 1993, before moving back to Laval University in 1996 where he got promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 1999. He has been the founder and Scientific Director of PROTEO, the Quebec Research Network on the Function, the Structure, and the Engineering of Proteins, a multidisciplinary research centre, since 1999. He also served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry for 9 years until June 2013.
Professor Voyer’s efforts are focussed in bioorganic chemistry. The current research projects concern the development of membrane active peptides as antimicrobials with new modes of action and artificial ion channels, as well as the discovery of novel bioactive natural products from Northern organisms. Normand Voyer has published numerous well cited scientific articles in prestigious journals and presented over 110 invited lectures at many different meetings and institutions. In 2009, he received the Chemical Institute of Canada Chemical Education Award and the NanoAcademia Prize from NanoQuebec for his outstanding contribution to nanosciences in Quebec. Professor Voyer serves on several evaluation committees and is reviewer for several granting agencies and journals, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Supramolecular Chemistry.
Recognized as an excellent teacher and speaker, Normand Voyer has also been quite involved in the promotion of Chemistry among the general public, especially teenagers. His highly popular lecture on The Chemistry of Love has been presented on 280 occasions to more than 55 000 attendees from 12 to 90 years old! He also delivers regular radio chronicles on Radio-Canada since 2011. His science promotion involvement has been recognized by the National Science and Engineering Research Coucil of Canada whom awarded him the prestigious 2013 Science Promotion Award.