Professor of Biochemistry (Chemistry affliate), Stephen Sligar has been selected to receive a research award from the Human Frontiers Science Program. These 3-year, $1M awards are for an international groups of scientists pursuing collaborative research at the interface of physical and biological sciences. In collaboration with the scientists Peter Roepstorff, Danièle Werck-Reichhart, and Birger Lindberg Møller at the University of Southern Denmark, Dr. Sligar will pursue a series of new biophysical approaches to elucidate how metabolon formation between membrane and soluble enzymes is accomplished at the molecular level. View a synopsis of the research.
Professor Sligar has also been named a Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation, an organization based in Britain. Among its approximately 50 US members are Paul Lauterbur, Ron Breslow, Malcolm Chisholm, John Goodenough, Bruce Merrifield, Kary Mullis, Dick Zare, Howard Zimmerman and most recently Ralph Nuzzo.
Dr. Sligar has been a pioneer in determining the physical and chemical mechanisms of enzymatic oxidation in living organisms. He joined the UIUC faculty in 1982, having previously completed his PhD in 1975 and a postdoctoral appointment in 1976 here. He received his undergraduate degree from Drexel University. He has been the recipient of numerous other awards and honors. These include a NIH Merit Award, and a Bert L. and N. Kuggie Vallee Visiting Professorship at Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Senior Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences, a UIUC University Scholar and a Fulbright Research Scholar.