National Fresenius Award: Douglas A. Mitchell | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 1 | p. 39 | Awards
Issue Date: January 4, 2016

National Fresenius Award: Douglas A. Mitchell

Department: ACS News
Keywords: awards, 2016 ACS National Awards, people

Sponsor: Phi Lambda Upsilon, The National Chemistry Honor Society

Citation: For his contributions toward the mechanistic understanding and reengineering of natural product biosynthesis.

Current position: associate professor of chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Education: B.S., chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University; Ph.D., chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

Mitchell on what inspires him: “I admire a number of people for a variety of reasons. My former mentors top the role model list, and to this day, I still find myself emulating various aspects of how they run their labs. Given my interest in the mechanistic enzymology of natural product biosynthesis, I’ve been strongly influenced by Chris Walsh’s pioneering work. However, I would say my personal scientific hero is Paul Ehrlich, whose contributions to chemotherapy, medicinal chemistry, and immunology are too numerous to list here.”

What his colleagues say:“Mitchell has made immensely impressive research contributions that embrace bold and novel approaches to the potentially devastating global health issue of drug-resistant bacteria.”—Gregory S. Girolami, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

 
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