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Richard Leo Monaghan

Richard Leo Monaghan, American microbiologist. Achievements include discovery of enzyme chitosanase; co-discovery of mevinolin, CCK antagonist asperlicin, antibacterials difficidin, L681, 217, antifungals L671, 329, L657, 398, L175, 491, and pneumocandins, immunomodulating activity of ascomycin, tapeworm active L155, 175 and cholesterol lowering compounds dihydocompactin and 1233A.

Background

  • Monaghan, Richard Leo was born on December 15, 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Leo John and Marilyn (Freeley) Monaghan.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Boston College, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy, Rutgers University, 1975.

    Career

    • Senior research microbiologist Merck & Company Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, 1974-1976, research fellow, 1976-1981, associate director basic microbiology, 1981-1983, director basic microbiology, 1983-1986, senior director fermentation microbiology, 1986-1994, senior director natural products discovery, 1995-1997, senior scientist, since 1997. Co-convener International Conference Biotechnology of Microbial Products, 1988, 1990.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include discovery of enzyme chitosanase. Co-discovery of mevinolin, CCK antagonist asperlicin, antibacterials difficidin, L681, 217, antifungals L671, 329, L657, 398, L175, 491, and pneumocandins, immunomodulating activity of ascomycin, tapeworm active L155, 175 and cholesterol lowering compounds dihydocompactin and 1233A.

    Works

    • Member editorial board Journal Industrial Microbiology, 1990-1994, since 1998, Journal Antibiotics, since 1996. Contributor articles to professional journals and chapters to books.

    Religion

    Denomination: Roman Catholic

    Membership

    Referee Middle New Jersey Soccer Association, 1989-1991. Fellow American Academy Microbiology. Member American Society Microbiology, American Chemical Society, Society Industrial Microbiology, New York Academy of Sciences, Theobald Smith Society (education committees 1983-1991).

    Connections

    • Married Joan Anne Farrell, November 20, 1971. Children: Anthony, Sean, Erin.
    • father: Leo John Monaghan
    • mother: Marilyn (Freeley) Monaghan
    • spouse: Joan Anne Farrell
    • children: Anthony Monaghan
    • Sean Monaghan
    • Erin Monaghan
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    Born December 15, 1948
    (age 68)
    Nationality
    • 1970
      Boston College
    • 1975
      Rutgers University
    • 1974 - 1976
      Senior, research microbiologist Merck & Company Incorporated
      Rahway, New Jersey, United States
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