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Bowman named a 2016 Packard fellow

Biochemist to advance drug research through protein manipulation

December 14, 2016

Gregory R. Bowman, PhD, an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, has received a 2016 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. Each of the 18 Packard fellows — among the nation’s top early-career scientists — will receive a five-year $875,000 grant to pursue research.

Bowman studies unchartered protein conformations as potential targets for new drugs. His lab develops computer algorithms for building maps of different protein shapes to gain insight on how to re-engineer proteins. “The goal is to achieve otherwise impossible functional outcomes such as designing drugs that target proteins that are currently believed to be un-druggable,” Bowman explained.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation awards fellowships to faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators on research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering. Fellows must be within the first three years of their faculty careers.