Uttam K. Tambar, associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, is the recipient of the 2019 Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research. The $100,000 prize, named in honor of academic scientist Norman Hackerman, is awarded annually to recognize a young scientist conducting basic chemistry research in Texas. Tambar is being honored for his scientific contributions in selective functionalization of hydrocarbons. He pioneered a new approach for the conversion of hydrocarbons into medically relevant nitrogen-containing molecules. The approach has applications in the development of new drugs.
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