Vanderbilt University’s Steven Townsend Honored by the American Chemical Society

Steven D. Townsend, an assistant professor of chemistry at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, has been selected to receive the 2021 David Y. Gin Young Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes “outstanding contributions to research in carbohydrate chemistry by scientists in the first seven years of their independent career.”

The award is in honor of David Gin, an organic chemist who had many remarkable scientific accomplishments throughout his life, including research that led to the development of immunological and therapeutic agents for cancer and infectious diseases.

Professor Gin was dedicated to teaching the next generation of chemists, and among those who learned from him was Steven Townsend. “Dave was my hero in chemistry,” Dr. Townsend said, “and when it’s all said and done, I hope people see my research as an extension of his.”

A native of Detroit, Dr. Townsend is a graduate of Oakland Univerity in Rochester, Michigan. He earned a Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University.


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