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April 21, 2003
Volume 81, Number 16
CENEAR 81 16 p. 9
ISSN 0009-2347



Vanderbilt's Richard Armstrong takes the reins of ACS journal in 2004


Richard N. Armstrong, a biochemistry and chemistry professor at Vanderbilt University, has been appointed editor of Biochemistry. He will succeed Duke University's Gordon G. Hammes, who has edited the journal for 11 years. Armstrong will officially begin his tenure on Jan. 1, 2004.

Armstrong applauds Hammes' leadership and says he will "preserve the very positive attributes that attract outstanding authors and interested readers while repositioning the journal to rapidly take advantage of emerging areas in the biochemical sciences." Those fields include genomic research, computational chemistry, and chemical biology.

Armstrong has been an associate editor at the Journal of the American Chemical Society and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Chemical Research In Toxicology.

Armstrong, 54, earned a B.S. in chemistry from Western Illinois University in 1970 and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Marquette University in 1975. After postdoctoral work at the University of Chicago, he began work at the Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry at NIH. In 1980, he was appointed assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Maryland. In 1995, Armstrong moved to Vanderbilt as a professor in the biochemistry department and an investigator at the Center in Molecular Toxicology. He added duties as a chemistry professor in 1997. He studies functional genomics, the enzymatic basis of antibiotic resistance, and the mechanism and stereochemistry of enzyme-catalyzed reactions.

Armstrong is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and chair-elect of the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry.


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