Gordon G. Hammes

Duke University


Primary Section: 29, Biophysics and Computational Biology
Secondary Section: 21, Biochemistry
Membership Type: Member (elected 1973)

Biosketch

Gordon G. Hammes is the Duke University Distinguished Service Professor of Biochemistry and Medical Center Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Emeritus.  Dr. Hammes earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Upon graduation, he was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institut in Göttingen, Germany. In 1960 he joined the faulty at MIT and moved to Cornell University in 1965 where he was chair of the Department of Chemistry (1970-75) and Director of the Center for Biotechnology (1983-88). He was Professor of Chemistry and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1988-1991.  He was the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Duke University’s Medical Center from 1991-1998 and University Distinguished Service Professor of Biochemistry from 1996-2007. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received several awards, including the ACS Award in Biological Chemistry (1967) and the ASBMB William C. Rose Award (2002).  Dr. Hammes has more than 250 scientific publications, including seven books. His major research interests are in biophysical chemistry, especially enzyme kinetics and mechanisms, biochemical control mechanisms, multienzyme complexes, enzyme-coupled ion transport, and single molecule fluorescence microscopy.   

Research Interests

Biophysical chemistry: enzyme kinetics and mechanisms; biochemical control mechanisms; multienzyme complexes; protein folding; membrane structure and function.

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