Janet Smith lauded with lectureship award
The Biomedical Research Council is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award in Biomedical Research is Janet L. Smith, Ph.D. Dr. Smith is the Margaret J. Hunter Collegiate Professor in the Life Sciences, director of the Center for Structural Biology, professor of biological chemistry, professor of biophysics and research professor in the Life Sciences Institute.
Faculty, staff, and friends of the U-M biomedical research community are invited to join the Biomedical Research Council and the Medical School Office of Research for a presentation and reception honoring Dr. Smith, who will receive this award and give a lecture on “Biosynthetic Enzymes: Nature’s Amazing Catalysts.”
When: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28
Where: Dan and Betty Kahn Auditorium, Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB)
A reception will follow the lecture in the BSRB atrium.
Dr. Smith has had substantial influence on the field of protein structure determination and structural enzymology. She has coupled her passion for the development and implementation of powerful new methodologies to develop novel insights into important macromolecules. Notably, techniques used in her early work laid the groundwork for the development and application of the multi-wavelength anomalous diffraction, or MAD, method and SAD, its single-wavelength counterpart — currently the most widely used method for de novo macromolecular phase determination. She is widely regarded as a key developer of this critical technology — the first of her many seminal scientific contributions.
Among her many awards, she was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007, and from 1998-2008, she was a a National Institutes of Health MERIT award recipient, based on her distinguished work on the structure and function of complex enzymes.