Issue Date: March 17, 2014
Cope Scholar Award: Hung-wen (Ben) Liu
As a child, Hung-wen (Ben) Liu marveled at the world around him. “ ‘Why is this plant red?’ and ‘Why does something smell a particular way?’ were the kinds of questions that always occurred to me when I was young,” he says.
This curiosity foreshadowed a later passion for chemistry—especially in the area of natural product biosynthesis. For three decades, Liu, a medicinal chemist at the University of Texas, Austin, has picked apart the mechanisms of . . .
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