Professor Emeritus — Ph. D., University of Michigan
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Jeanne Lagowski received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1957 for her work in heterocyclic chemistry. From 1957-1959 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University, England, in the organic chemistry group led by Lord Alexander Todd. Her work with A. R. Katritzky at Cambridge led to their co-authoring one of the classic textbooks on heterocyclic chemistry. In 1959 she became a research scientist in the Genetics Foundation in the Department of Zoology at the University of Texas where she conducted molecular genetic studies using Drosophila melanogaster and Oncopeltus fasciatus. She was the recipient of a NIH Research Career Development Award, has been a visiting scholar at the University of East Anglia, and has served as co-editor of a continuing series of review volumes on heterocyclic chemistry.
Lagowski became a member of the Zoology faculty in 1973 and was subsequently appointed Associate Dean – Health Professions. Teaching and administration have been her primary focus since then. She was elected a Danforth Associate in 1977 and to Leadership Texas in 1988. She has received a number of teaching excellence awards, including the Blunk Memorial Professorship, a College of Natural Sciences Advisory Council Award, and a College of Natural Sciences award.