The History of Chirazyme

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Lowell P. Hager, Founder

1926-2014

Professor Lowell P. Hager, who passed away peacefully on April 15, 2014 at the age of 87, was an internationally recognized enzymologist and protein chemist best known for his fundamental studies on halogenating enzymes and heme peroxidases that are widespread throughout biology. Professor Hager founded Chirazyme Labs and also served as the Director of the Biotechnology Center and the Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program. Among his many awards and honors, Professor Hager was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995, and was the inaugural recipient of the William Rutter Chair in Biochemistry in 1996.

A Lifetime of Playing with Enzymes

A Memoir By Lowell P. Hager, The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2010

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In his Acknolowledgments, Prof. Hager writes "I am eternally grateful to the approximately 50 students who have worked with me over many years of research. I am very sorry that space limitations make it impossible for me to identify many of the contributions made by my co-workers. The 82 citations in this memoir represent less than one-fifth of my total publications. When students joined my lab, I always told them that I wanted research to be fun, and we did have a lot of fun. Enzymes have been my game for more than 45 years."

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