Vanderbilt University Scholar Named a Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation recently announced the selection of 14 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars for 2020. These faculty are within the first five years of their academic careers, have each created an outstanding independent body of scholarship, and are deeply committed to education. Each Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar receives an unrestricted research grant of $100,000. One of this year’s 14 winners is an African American.

Steven D. Townsend is an assistant professor of chemistry at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Dr. Townsend’s small molecule research program is focused on the synthesis of natural products which may prove clinically useful in the treatment of human diseases ranging from cancer to neurodegenerative disorders (Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s).

A native of Detroit, Dr. Townsend is a graduate of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He earned a Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Columbia University in New York City.


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