The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston is proud to announce the 2016-2017 GSBS Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, David F. Smith, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and director of the Emory Comprehensive Glycomics Core at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
Smith received his master's degree in 1969 and his doctorate in 1972 from GSBS, both in biochemistry and molecular biology. His advisor was Earl Walborg, Ph.D.
Enamored with the beauty of the stereochemistry of structural carbohydrates and the mystery of their function, Smith did not follow the major research path of biochemistry to molecular and cell biology, but instead entered the field of glycobiology or Glycomics, which is the study of the structure, function and biology of glycans (carbohydrates) that are widely distributed in nature.
Smith will receive his award at the GSBS Commencement Ceremony to be held on May 20, 2017.