ARL Director Michael Cusanovich: 1942-2010

April 13, 2010

By hammersmith

[Source: University of Arizona Communications] – Michael A. Cusanovich, a Regents’ Professor and a vocal advocate for advancing biotechnology research and economic development for more than four decades at the University of Arizona, died suddenly on Monday of an apparent heart attack.  He was 68.

Cusanovich started as an assistant professor of chemistry at the UA in 1969 after two years of postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Diego, where he received his doctorate, and at Cornell University.

While on the faculty, Cusanovich gained international recognition for his research, primarily on biological electron transfer and signaling. His work influenced a range of areas, from microbial physiology and bacterial evolution to heart disease and vision. He also collaborated across disciplines with groups in the U.S. and in Europe and Asia.  Most recently, he was key in developing the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts, a consortium funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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