Sidney P. Colowick

Vanderbilt University

January 12, 1916 - January 9, 1985

Scientific Discipline: Biochemistry
Membership Type:
Member (elected 1972)

Sidney P. Colowick made many contributions to metabolic biochemistry by aiding in the development of our current description of glycogen metabolism in mammals. He described hexokinase, an enzyme involved in cellular energy and sugar transport, which has important implications in understanding how cells sequester energy from carbohydrates.
Colowick received his B.S., M.S., and PhD from Washington University in St. Louis and became an instructor and assistant professor there from 1942 to 1946. He was a Research Associate at the Public Health Research Institute of New York City from 1946 to 1948 and later joined the faculty at the University of Illinois as an associate professor of biochemistry. From 1950 to 1959 he was a professor of biology at Johns Hopkins University. He served as a Professor of microbiology and an American Cancer Society professor at Vanderbilt University.

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