WRITER: MELANIE LAVERMAN
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UI researcher receives environmental research award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa College of Medicine researcher
has received the 1997 Procter and Gamble Award in Applied and Environmental
Dr. David T. Gibson, professor of microbiology and biocatalysis, received
the award at the general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology
May 6 in Miami. He was honored for his work in understanding how bacteria
break down toxic and cancer-causing environmental pollutants.
By using a genetic engineering approach, Gibson discovered that the
bacteria can make useful chemicals from the pollutants. One such chemical
is an indigo dye that could be used to dye blue jeans, according to Gibson.
Gibson received his bachelor's degree and doctorate in biochemistry
from the University of Leeds in England. He did postdoctoral work at the
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Wisconsin,
Madison, before spending 21 years on the faculty at the University of Texas
at Austin. He joined the UI faculty in 1988 as the university's first
endowed chair in biocatalysis.