Dr. Joaquín (Quim) Madrenas, is a professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and Medicine at The University of Western Ontario, and a scientist based at the Robarts Research Institute. He received an M.D. at the University of Barcelona , specialized in Nephrology and Transplantation at the University Autonoma of Barcelona, and obtained a Ph.D. in Immunology under Dr. Phillip Halloran, at the University of Alberta . He was a visiting associate with Dr. Ronald Germain at the National Institutes of Health, before joining the Robarts and UWO. He is currently Director of the FOCIS Centre for Clinical Immunology and Immunotherapeutics in London , Ontario.

Dr. Madrenas studies the regulation of T cell activation, a key step in the development of immunity, and has made significant contributions to the field of Immunology as illustrated by his many publications in top journals ( Science, Immunity, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science , etc). For his research, he has received numerous awards including a Kidney Foundation of Canada Scholarship Award, a Canada Foundation for Innovation Researcher Award, a Premier's Research Excellence Award, a Canada Research Chair in Transplantation and Immunobiology, an Ontario Distinguished Researcher Award, and a UWO Dean's Award of Excellence in Research.

Dr. Madrenas is an active teacher of Immunology, having received three University of Western Ontario Hippocratic Council Basic Science Teaching Awards , and being included in the 2005 Who's Who in Medical Sciences Education. He also has extensive experience as a reviewer for national and international funding agencies and institutional boards, and is currently chairman of Review Panels of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Infection and Immunity at CIHR, and co-chair of the National Research Council of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.