Eric T Kool

George and Hilda Daubert Professor, Stanford Univ

Eric Kool received his PhD from Columbia University, followed by postdoctoral training at Caltech. His research interests lie in the overlap between organic chemistry, biophysics, and chemical biology of nucleic acids. His lab designs functionally useful molecular tools and applies them to gain basic understanding of biologically and biomedically important interactions and mechanisms. His lab's recent focus has been on mechanisms of DNA repair and their connections to disease, and on development of tools for studying RNA biology. Kool has won multiple awards in recognition of his work, including the ACS Pfizer Award, the Cope Scholar Award, the Breslow Award, and this year, the ACS/Biopolymers Murray Goodman Memorial Prize. He is an inventor on 35 patents granted or pending, and his inventions have served as founding technologies of three biotechnology companies. A popular teacher at Stanford, he has twice won the Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.