2018 Bioorganic Chemistry Award Winner


Professor Floyd Romesberg
Professor Floyd Romesberg
The Scripps Research Institute

 

Awarded for ground-breaking contributions to the expansion of the genetic alphabet.

 

 


About the Winner


Floyd E. Romesberg received a B.S. and M.S in chemistry from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from Cornell University. He was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley with Peter Schultz, and in 1998 joined the faculty at The Scripps Research Institute, where he is currently Professor of Chemistry. 

Romesberg's research laboratory applies organic chemistry, microbiology, non-linear optical spectroscopy, and genetics, to study different aspects of evolution. Of particular significance is his work to expand the genetic alphabet and code through the development of a third DNA base pair that relies on hydrophobicity as opposed to hydrogen bonding for selective pairing. 

Romesberg has been recognized by several awards including the Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the Discover Magazine Technology Innovation Award, and the ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award. His research has been funded by NIH, NSF, Office of Naval Research, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Romesberg is also a scientific founder of several biotech companies, including Achaogen, Inc., RQx Inc., and Synthorx, Inc. 


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