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Nassim Usman

Nassim Usman, Canadian, American research chemist and biochemist. Achievements include development of the first practical chemical synthesis of Ribonucleic acid; patents in the field of Ribonucleic acid enzymes, or ribozymes, and molecular recognition of nucleic acids. National science and engineering research council doctoral fellow, 1983-1986. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society.

Background

  • Usman, Nassim was born on June 18, 1959 in Montreal. Came to the United States, 1986. Son of Mohd and Hannelore (Grohmann) University.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, McGill University, 1982. Doctor of Philosophy, McGill University, 1987.

    Career

    • Natural science and engineering research council postdoctoral fellow Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1987-1989, National Institutes of Health Fogarty International research fellow, 1989-1990, postdoctoral associate, 1990-1992. Director Ribozyme Pharmaceuticals Inc., Boulder, Colorado, since 1992. Consultant Millipore, Bedford, Massachusetts, 1987-1992, Chem Genes Corporation, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1987-1992.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include development of the first practical chemical synthesis of Ribonucleic acid. Patents in the field of Ribonucleic acid enzymes, or ribozymes, and molecular recognition of nucleic acids.

    Works

    • Referee Journal American Chemical Society, Nucleic Acids Research, Journal Organic Chemistry, Chemistry and Biology, Tetrahedron Letters, since 1990. Contributor articles to professional journals.

    Membership

    Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society.

    Connections

    • father: Mohd University
    • mother: Hannelore (Grohmann) University
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    Born June 18, 1959
    (age 58)
    Nationality
    • 1982
      McGill University
    • 1987
      McGill University
    • 1987 - 1989
      Natural science and engineer, engineering research council postdoctoral fellow Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1992
      director, Ribozyme Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
      Boulder, Colorado, United States

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