Professor Wilfred van der Donk was the third recipient of the Bioorganic Chemistry Award, given biennially by the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) to recognise excellence in any area of bioorganic chemistry. Wilfred was cited for his creative work on the chemistry, biosynthesis and mechanistic enzymology of the cyclic peptide and phosphonate classes of antibiotics.The prize winner receives £2000, a medal and a certificate. The RSC Bioorganic Chemistry Award was established in 2008.
Wilfred van der Donk received his B.S. from Leiden University, the Netherlands, in 1989 and his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1994. He went on to do postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and joined the faculty at Illinois in 1997. In 2008, he was appointed as an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His research interests are in organic chemistry and chemical biology. He is the recepient of many previous honors and awards. He was recently elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the 2013 Emil Thomas Kaiser Award from the Protein Academy.