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Engineering professor awarded for advancements in biological chemistry

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Yi Tang, professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the UCLA division of physical sciences, has received the 2014 Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry. The award recognizes his contributions to elucidation and characterization of natural product biosynthesis.
 
Tang’s research lab works to identify new enzymes from the biosynthetic pathways of polyketides, nonribosomal peptides, terpenoids, alkaloids and hybrid compounds, and he and his colleagues study the functions of multidomain megaenzymes. This work provides important insights into the functions of fungal polyketide synthases, which is a large but highly enigmatic group of enzymes widely found in sequenced fungal genomes.
 
In 2012, Tang, was awarded the 2012 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for technology leading to a new, less hazardous manufacturing process for simvastatin, a leading cholesterol-lowering statin drug.
 
For more information on his recent award, visit the American Chemical Society.
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