HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Pacific Northwest chemist wins national award for studies of biological systems

Richard D. Smith of Richland, Wash., will be honored March 25 by the world's largest scientific society for his achievements in developing ever-finer tools with which to study and understand biological processes. He will receive the 2003 Award in Analytical Chemistry from the American Chemical Society at its national meeting in New Orleans.

"We're aiming to characterize as completely as we can these incredibly complex biological systems, to see all of them in all their detail and glory," said Smith, a chemist and Battelle Fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

While biological systems being studied today are on the order of learning how the body makes a certain antibody to fight infection, for example, the ultimate system is the human body itself.

"We want to get to where we can picture it in so much detail that, using computers, we can predict the effect of a complex perturbation -- a drug's side effects, exposure to a virus, whatever," said Smith. "We're about 2 percent of the way there, but we'll quickly get up to 10 [percent], I think."

Thus Smith develops increasingly selective methods to separate biological mixtures of proteins, carbohydrates, hormones and other compounds. His separations are based on what is called capillary liquid chromatography, tiny tubes packed with chemically sensitive "beads" that tease apart mixtures according to size, electrical charge and other molecular properties.

Once separated, Smith and his research team analyze the various components with a powerful mass spectrometer. "We developed this technique to identify the molecules and do measurements to tell how much we have," he said. "As our approach gets better and better, we can also narrow down where molecules are coming from, where they act and with what [other molecules]."

When asked how he became interested in science, particularly chemistry, Smith said, "For some reason I decided by age 5 that I wanted to be a chemis
'"/>

Contact: Allison Byrum
a_byrum@acs.org
202-872-4400
American Chemical Society
4-Mar-2003


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Pacific Northwest team unveils largest virus proteome to date
2. New hydrothermal vents discovered as South Pacific Odyssey research begins
3. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory gets $10 million from NIH to build virtual lung
4. Anti-plume found off Pacific Coast
5. Institute for Systems Biology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announce collaboration
6. Pacific leatherback turtle could go extinct in 10 years
7. Pacific Northwest National Lab unveils most complete human blood-plasma proteome map to date
8. Fish, FRAMES and sticky chemicals net technology award for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
9. DuPont to locate Asia Pacific R&D center in Shanghai
10. LabNotes -- Research highlights from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
11. Collapse of seals, sea lions & sea otters in North Pacific triggered by overfishing of great whales

Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/17/2014)... critical and pertinent for practicing physicians and clinicians given ... The Journal, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness ... Public Health, to surround the public, medical professionals and ... , On October 17, the journal published ... was prepared by Dr. Eric Toner, internist and emergency ...
(Date:10/17/2014)... This news release is available in German . ... for only a very few drugs. When treating overdoses, doctors ... Treatment is especially difficult if there is a combination of ... is playing and accidentally swallows his grandmother,s pills? ETH professor ... Zurich wanted to find an answer to this question. "The ...
(Date:10/16/2014)... have a new synthesis of recent research findings to ... in the two states. , The Ecology and ... Washington: A Synthesis of the Relevant Biophysical Science and ... published by the U.S. Forest Service,s Pacific Northwest Research ... managers for a synthesis of the large body of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Emergency aid for overdoses 2Emergency aid for overdoses 3New report synthesizes best available science on management of moist mixed-conifer forests 2
(Date:10/19/2014)... 2014 The Asian Automatic patient billing ... analysis and forecast of revenue. The Automatic patient billing ... $463.9 million by 2018, at a developing CAGR of ... TOC of the Asian Automatic patient billing market, to ... also provides a glimpse of the segmentation of this ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... The report "Unmanned Ground Vehicle Market ... Payload, Type & by Geography - Forecasts & ... ground vehicle market into various sub segments with ... The report also identifies the factors driving this ... with the adoption trends. , The unmanned ground ...
(Date:10/18/2014)... 18, 2014 The report "1,6-Hexanediol ... and Forecasts to 2019", analyzes the global market ... to understand the industry details such as the ... various geographic regions. , Browse 81 Market Data ... and in-depth TOC on “1,6-Hexanediol Market by Application ...
(Date:10/18/2014)... The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market report ... and forecast of revenue. The electronic medical record market in ... by 2018, at a CAGR of 9.4% from 2013 to ... Medical Record (EMR) market, to get an idea of the ... segmentation of the market in the same region, and is ...
Breaking Biology Technology:The Asian Automatic patient billing market is estimated to grow to around $463.9 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Asian Automatic patient billing market is estimated to grow to around $463.9 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) Market Estimated to Reach $8.26 Billion by 2020 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) Market Estimated to Reach $8.26 Billion by 2020 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) Market Estimated to Reach $8.26 Billion by 2020 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 4Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) Market Estimated to Reach $8.26 Billion by 2020 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 51,6-Hexanediol Market Projected to Reach $916.1 Million at a CAGR of 8.3% by 2019 – Report by MarketsandMarkets 21,6-Hexanediol Market Projected to Reach $916.1 Million at a CAGR of 8.3% by 2019 – Report by MarketsandMarkets 31,6-Hexanediol Market Projected to Reach $916.1 Million at a CAGR of 8.3% by 2019 – Report by MarketsandMarkets 41,6-Hexanediol Market Projected to Reach $916.1 Million at a CAGR of 8.3% by 2019 – Report by MarketsandMarkets 5The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market is estimated to grow to $2,328.0 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market is estimated to grow to $2,328.0 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market is estimated to grow to $2,328.0 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 4The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market is estimated to grow to $2,328.0 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 5
Cached News: