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Stephen J. Benkovic

Stephen James Benkovic
Born (1938-04-20) April 20, 1938
Orange, New Jersey
Fields mechanistic enzymology, biochemistry
Institutions Penn State University
Alma mater Lehigh University, Cornell University, University of California, Santa Barbara
Academic advisors Thomas C. Bruice
Notable awards National Medal of Science (2010)

Stephen James Benkovic (born April 20, 1938) is an American chemist. He is Evan Pugh Professor and Eberly Chair in Chemistry at Penn State University.[1] His research has focused on mechanistic enzymology and the discovery of enzyme inhibitors.[2] He was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1985.[3][4]


  • Biography 1
    • Early life and education 1.1
    • Career 1.2
  • Awards and distinctions 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Early life and education

Benkovic was born in Cornell University in 1963.[5]


Benkovic was a postdoc at T4 DNA polymerase as a model system to explain the proficiency of enzymes.[5] He also uses the enzyme dihydrofolate reductase and the pathway for de novo purine biosynthesis to gain insights into enzymatic catalysis.

Awards and distinctions


  1. ^ "Benkovic Lab". Benkovic Lab. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Stephen Benkovic honored". Huck Institute. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Stephen Benkovic Receives Hirschmann Award". The Pennsylvania State University. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ a b Kresge, Nicole; Robert D. Simoni; Robert L. Hill (29 October 2009). "Investigations of the Inner Workings of T4 Polymerase: the Work of Stephen J. Benkovic". The Journal of Biological Chemistry (The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc) 284 (42): e17–318. 
  6. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Stephen J. Benkovic". Penn State Department of Chemistry. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "2009 Franklin Institute Awards". The Franklin Institute. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "President Obama awards chemists National Medals of Science & Technology & Innovation". American Chemical Society. November 16, 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "National Academy of Sciences: 2011 NAS Award Recipients". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 

External links

  • Street Corner Science with Stephen Benkovic
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