Outstanding Dissertation Award

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SUSAN C. WANG - Pharmacy.  Dr. Wang's dissertation, Studies of Bacterial Catabolic Enzymes: Implications for the Evolution of Enzymes and Metabolic Pathways, focuses on the enzymes of the meta-fission pathway.  This bacterial pathway is responsible for the degradation of certain aromatic compounds and represents an ideal system to study how enzymes evolve.  Dr. Wang's research provides insight into how antibiotic resistant bacteria evolve and advances our understanding of enzyme mechanisms.  Her work has been published in Biochemistry and the Journal of theAmerican Chemical SocietyDissertation supervisor:  Christian P. Whitman.

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