Issue Date: February 22, 2010
Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award: John A. Gerlt
Research that has led to a deeper understanding of how enzymes accelerate a wide range of reactions and develop different mechanisms has earned John A. Gerlt of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, one of this year’s Cope Scholar Awards.
From in-depth investigations of enzymatic proton abstraction to identifying substrates for enzymes of unknown function and characterizing evolutionary relationships in enzyme families, “Gerlt’s work is characterized by chemical rigor, keen recognition of new concepts, creativity, and . . .
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