Professor in Chemistry selected Searle ScholarBy Steve Koppes
Chuan He, Assistant Professor in Chemistry and the College, has been named a 2003 Searle Scholar and will receive $240,000 to support his research program over the next three years.
He was among 15 Searle Scholars who were selected from 164 applications and nominated by 116 universities and research institutions.
The selections were based on demonstrated innovative research and the potential for making significant contributions to biological research over an extended period of time.
He studies metal ion regulation in biological systems using chemical and biochemical approaches. His goal is to better understand at the molecular level the pathways of metal homeostasis. He also is interested in designing biosensors and studying DNA damage repair.
The Searle Scholars Program is funded through grants from the trusts established under the wills of John and Frances Searle. John Searle was president of G.D. Searle & Co. of Skokie, Ill., a research-based pharmaceutical company.