George W. Gokel
George Gokel earned the B.S. at Tulane University in New Orleans and the Ph.D. (chemistry) at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After post-doctoral work with Donald Cram at UCLA and a brief period in DuPont's Central Research Department, Dr. Gokel began an academic career. He has held faculty positions in the chemistry departments at the Pennsylvania State University, the University of Maryland, and the University of Miami. From 1993 to 2006 he was Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology and Director of the Bioorganic Chemistry Program at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Since 2006, he is Adjunct Professor of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology, Washington University School of Medicine and Distinguished Professor of Science, Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Biology and Associate Director of Center for NanoScience, University of Missouri, St. Louis, USA. His major interest is in developing synthetic organic model systems that can be used to mimic and to understand biological phenomena. Two areas of current effort involve the development of synthetic ion channels and receptors for cation complexation, particularly involving cation-pi interactions.