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U of M Chemistry alum recognized in 2006 “Scientific American 50”

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Robert Hammer, an alumnus of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota and current William A. Pryor Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University, has been named to the 2006 “Scientific American 50”. This prestigious list is generated annually by Scientific American magazine to honor “individuals and organizations who, through their efforts in research, business and policy-making, are driving advances in science and technology that lay the groundwork for a better future”.

Prof. Hammer was recognized for his work with short peptide fragments designed to interrupt beta amyloid protein aggregation leading to amyloid plaques, which are known indicators for Alzheimer’s Disease. This work was published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS, 2006, 128, 3523). Also sharing the 2006 Scientific American 50 list with Hammer are Al Gore and Warren E. Buffet.

Prof. Hammer received his Ph.D. in 1990 working in the research group of Prof. George Barany, and we are deeply proud of his continued success!

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