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Edward James Ofengand

Edward James Ofengand, American research biochemist, consultant, educator. Achievements include among the first to isolate and characterize transfer Ribonucleic acid, the first to identify the ribosomal Ribonucleic acid component of the decoding site on the ribosome and locate it on the ribosome surface, and the first to devise a way to map pseudouridines in large Ribonucleic acid molecules.

Background

  • Ofengand, Edward James was born on August 15, 1932 in Taunton, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Samuel J. and Sarah Evelyn (Tornansky) Ofengand.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1955. Doctor of Philosophy, Washington University, 1959.

    Career

    • Postdoctoral fellow Medical Research Council, Cambridge, England, 1959-1961, Rockefeller University, New York City, 1961-1962. Lecturer University California, San Francisco, 1962-1966, assistant professor, 1967-1968. Associate member Roche Institute Molecular Biology, Nutley, New Jersey, 1969-1977.

      Full member Roche Institute of Molecular Biology, 1978-1996. Research professor biochemistry and molecular biology University Miami School Medicine, since 1996. Adjunct professor University Medical & Dentistry, Newark, 1983-1996.

      Invited professor, U. Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France, 1993.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include among the first to isolate and characterize transfer Ribonucleic acid, the first to identify the ribosomal Ribonucleic acid component of the decoding site on the ribosome and locate it on the ribosome surface, and the first to devise a way to map pseudouridines in large Ribonucleic acid molecules.

    Works

    • Author: (chapter) The Translational Apparatus, 1992. Member editorial advisory board Biochemistry, 1985-1993. Member editorial board Analytical Biochemistry, 1989-1998.

      Associate editor Ribonucleic acid, 1994-1996, member editorial board, 1997-1998. Contributor more than 150 articles to Biochemistry, Journal Biological Chemistry, Proceedings National Academy of Sciences United States of America, others.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Denomination: Judaism

    Membership

    Member American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Sociedad de Biologia de Chile (honorary 1968), The Ribonucleic acid Society.

    Connections

    • Married Sigrud Friederike Seumel, June 22, 1963. Children: Karen Petra, Gunda Stephanie, Erik Arnim.
    • father: Samuel J. Ofengand
    • mother: Sarah Evelyn (Tornansky) Ofengand
    • spouse: Sigrud Friederike Seumel
    • children: Karen Petra Ofengand
    • Gunda Stephanie Ofengand
    • Erik Arnim Ofengand
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    Nationality
    • 1955
      Master of Science
    • 1959
      Washington University
    • 1959 - 1961
      Postdoctoral fellow, Medical Research Council
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1961 - 1962
      Postdoctoral fellow, Medical Research Council
    • 1962 - 1966
      lecturer, University California
      San Francisco, California, United States
    • 1969 - 1977
      associate, member Roche Institute Molecular Biology
      Nutley, New Jersey, United States
    • 1978 - 1996
      full member, Roche Institute of Molecular Biology
    • 1996
      research professor, biochemistry and molecular biology University Miami School Medicine
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