Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with honors, Texas Technology University, Lubbock, 1974. Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry, Rice University, Houston, 1979.
Fellow University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1978—1981. Professor, department molecular and cellular biochemistry Ohio State University, Columbus, 1985—2007. Professor and chair, department biochemistry University California, Riverside, since 2007.
Married Kim Jackson; children: Robert, Kathryn, Jackson, Peter.