Stephen J. Benkovic

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Stephen James Benkovic
Born (1938-04-20) April 20, 1938 (age 81)
Orange, New Jersey
Fields mechanistic enzymology, biochemistry
Institutions Penn State University
Alma mater Lehigh University, Cornell University, University of California, Santa Barbara
Academic advisors Thomas C. Bruice
Notable awards National Medal of Science (2010)
NAS Award in Chemical Sciences (2011)

Stephen James Benkovic (born April 20, 1938) is an American chemist. He is Evan Pugh Professor and Eberly Chair in Chemistry at Penn State University.[1] His research has focused on mechanistic enzymology and the discovery of enzyme inhibitors.[2] He was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1985.[3][4]

Biography

Early life and education

Benkovic was born in Orange, New Jersey. He earned his B.S. degree in chemistry and an A.B. degree in English literature from Lehigh University in 1960. He earned his Ph.D in organic chemistry from Cornell University in 1963.[5]

Career

Benkovic was a postdoc at University of California, Santa Barbara. There he and his advisor Thomas C. Bruice developed bioorganic textbooks that focused on enzyme catalysis. He joined the chemistry department at Penn State University in 1965. There, he uses the T4 DNA polymerase as a model system to explain the proficiency of enzymes.[5] He also uses the enzyme dihydrofolate reductase and the pathway for de novo purine biosynthesis to gain insights into enzymatic catalysis.

Awards and distinctions

References

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  2. "Stephen Benkovic honored". Huck Institute. Retrieved 29 March 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Stephen Benkovic Receives Hirschmann Award". The Pennsylvania State University. Retrieved 29 March 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  5. 5.0 5.1 Kresge, Nicole; Robert D. Simoni; Robert L. Hill (29 October 2009). "Investigations of the Inner Workings of T4 Polymerase: the Work of Stephen J. Benkovic" (PDF). The Journal of Biological Chemistry. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc. 284 (42): e17–318.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 13, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Chemical Pioneer Award". American Institute of Chemists. Retrieved 30 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Stephen J. Benkovic". Penn State Department of Chemistry. Retrieved 9 February 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "2009 Franklin Institute Awards". The Franklin Institute. Retrieved 29 March 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "President Obama awards chemists National Medals of Science & Technology & Innovation". American Chemical Society. November 16, 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "National Academy of Sciences: 2011 NAS Award Recipients". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 8 February 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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