Professor Michael Gelb received the 2010 Hopkins Award on Friday May 19, delivering a lecture titled “Newborn Screening for Lysosomal Storage Diseases: Another Triumph for Organic Chemistry”. Lysosomal storage diseases are caused by a deficiency of enzymes that break down cellular metabolites. The Gelb group, in collaboration with Professors Frantisek Turecek and C. Ronald Scott (Pediatrics), has developed new methods based on synthetic organic chemistry and tandem mass spectrometry to screen newborns for several types of these often-fatal, but treatable, diseases.
The Paul B. Hopkins Endowed Faculty Award is awarded to a member of the Department of Chemistry faculty to honor outstanding achievement in any area of professional responsibility. The award was established through an endowment from Emeritus Professor B. S. Rabinovitch.