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Benkovic's research over the years has focused on understanding how enzymes catalyze chemical reactions. "My early work involved looking at the mechanisms of organic reactions of small molecules that mimic biological processes, and extrapolate that information to how an enzyme might work," he explains. During his years as a graduate student at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.--where he received a doctorate in 1963--and a postdoctor

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Stephen J. Benkovic, a professor of chemistry at the Pennsylvania State University at University Park, has been named as the winner of the American Chemical Society's 1995 Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic and Bioorganic Chemistry. He will receive the award at ACS's national meeting next spring in Anaheim, Calif.

Benkovic's research over the years has focused on understanding how enzymes catalyze chemical reactions. "My early work involved looking at the mechanisms of organic reactions of small molecules that mimic biological processes, and extrapolate that information to how an enzyme might work," he explains.

During his years as a graduate student at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.--where he received a doctorate in 1963--and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he coauthored a two-volume set of books defining the subject of bioorganic chemistry along with his research supervisor, Thomas Bruice (Bioorganic Mechanisms, Vols. I and II, New York, Benjamin,...

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