Chemist Named Distinguished Professor

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Sylvia Daunert

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Her UK research group employs recombinant DNA technology to design new assays and biosensors based on genetically engineered proteins and cells that find application in the biomedical and environmental fields. Recently, the research group has focused on designing and fabricating miniaturized implantable responsive drug delivery devices that integrate a smart drug delivery system with a biosensor.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2004) -- Sylvia Daunert, the University of Kentucky Gill Eminent Professor of Analytical and Biological Chemistry, has been named the 2004 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor.

Daunert is professor of chemistry in the UK College of Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry, professor of pharmaceutical sciences in the UK College of Pharmacy, and a faculty member with the UK Center of Membrane Sciences.

Offered since 1945, the award includes a $5,000 gift and a teaching-free semester for the winners.

Daunert received a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Barcelona, Spain, in 1982; a master’s degree in medicinal chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1985; and a doctorate in bioanalytical chemistry (summa cum laude) from the University of Barcelona in 1991.

A Fulbright Scholar (1983-85), Daunert has received the National Science Foundation-CAREER Award, the Juan Abello Pascual Award in Biochemistry from the Spanish Royal Academy of Doctors, the NSF Special Creativity Award, the Lilly Award in Analytical Chemistry, the A. F. Findeis Award from the American Chemical Society, the Van Slyke Society Research Award, and the Cottrell Scholar Award.

Her UK research group employs recombinant DNA technology to design new assays and biosensors based on genetically engineered proteins and cells that find application in the biomedical and environmental fields. Recently, the research group has focused on designing and fabricating miniaturized implantable responsive drug delivery devices that integrate a smart drug delivery system with a biosensor.

“Dr. Daunert has an international reputation for excellence in research and has exhibited an outstanding commitment to mentoring young scholars and students at all levels,” said Karen Mingst, chair of the Distinguished Professor Award Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences.


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