Bioinorganic Chemistry Award 2011 Winner

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James A Cowan
Ohio State University

Awarded in recognition of his creative research in the areas of cellular iron chemistry, novel advances in the understanding of the biological chemistry of magnesium and metallonucleases, and development of a new field of research in catalytic metallodrugs.

About the Winner

Professor Cowan was born in Cleland, Scotland.  He earned a B.Sc. in Chemistry with first class honors from the University of Glasgow in 1983, and subsequently pursued graduate studies in Organic and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Cambridge with Professors Sanders and Buckingham, respectively.  Following a NATO postdoctoral appointment at the California Institute of Technology with Professor H. B. Gray, he joined the Ohio State Chemistry Department in 1988 and was promoted to Full Professor in 1996.  He has been a visiting Professor at the University of Florence and Harvard University. 

His research has resulted in the publication of over 215 research papers, and several books and patents. Major areas of interest have included studies of the complex biological chemistry of alkali and alkaline earth metals in nucleic acid chemistry and enzymology; the cellular chemistry of iron and iron-cofactors, the biological redox chemistry of sulfur and nitrogen; and the design and development of catalytic metallodrugs.  He has been the recipient of several awards and recognitions, including an NSF Presidential Young Investigator award, an Alfred P Sloan Fellowship, Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award, the Baekeland Award and Medal of the North New Jersey Section of the ACS, the Akron Section Award of the ACS, and Columbus Section award of the ACS. 

His scholarship has also been recognized by receipt of the Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award, and by election as a Fellow of the AAAS, a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.  

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