Issue Date: January 8, 2018
Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic or Bioorganic Chemistry: Alison Butler
Sponsor: Alfred R. Bader Fund
Citation: For elucidating the bioinorganic chemistry of the marine environment, including the chemistry of siderophores and vanadium haloperoxidases.
Current position: Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara
Education: B.A., chemistry, Reed College; Ph.D., chemistry, University of California, San Diego
Butler on what gets her creative juices flowing: “A good chemical detective story—like an unusual transition-metal ion composition in a cell, an organism, an ocean (or beyond). I begin imagining what new metalloenzymes are out there waiting to be discovered!”
What her colleagues say: “Alison Butler has a sustained and distinguished set of accomplishments in the fields of bioinorganic and bioorganic chemistry that shows no signs of abating. Her adventurous approach to science has yielded insight into the chemistry of marine organisms and the uptake of iron into microbes. She also has a penchant for prestigious-conference organization, has served in impressive leadership positions in prominent national and international scientific societies, and has devoted much of her considerable energy and enthusiasm to the chemistry community.”—Stephen J. Lippard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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