Issue Date: January 8, 2018
Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry: David R. Liu
Sponsor: Ronald Breslow Award Endowment
Citation: For the development and application of powerful methods that integrate biomimetic chemistry and biological evolution to solve major problems in chemistry, biology, and medicine.
Current position: professor of chemistry and chemical biology, Harvard University, and Richard Merkin Professor and director of the Merkin Institute of Transformative Technologies in Healthcare, Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
Education: B.A., chemistry, Harvard University; Ph.D., chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
Liu on what gets his creative juices flowing: “Playing! Being fortunate enough to have a job that is almost always highly enjoyable means that every day feels like playing with molecular or cellular Legos.”
What his colleagues say: “David Liu is an outstanding, gifted, and remarkably accomplished scientist whose work defines the very essence of modern biomimetic chemistry.”—Alanna Schepartz, Yale University
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