Merrifield Award Presented to Steven Kent
Dr. Steven Kent of the University of Chicago has made major contributions in automating the synthesis of specialized protein derivatives and for providing synthetic strategies for proteins that cannot be prepared by biological routes. His DOE-funded research has promising applications in developing new ways to analyze specific functions of plants and microbes relevant to biofuels research. The R. Bruce Merrifield Award was presented to Dr. Kent during the 21st American Peptide Society Symposium in recognition of the lifetime achievements of a peptide scientist and memorializing the Nobel Laureate who pioneered solid-phase peptide synthesis. His Merrifield Lecture, Inventing chemistries to reveal how proteins work, was presented during the Symposium.