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Biochemistry professor Perry Frey receives Hilldale Award

Perry Frey, professor of biochemistry, is one of four UW-Madison faculty members to receive 2007 Hilldale Awards. The annual awards recognize excellence in teaching, research and service.

Frey is a leading mechanistic enzymologist and accomplished bioorganic chemist. He has directed one of the most productive labs in the field for more than 30 years, with work addressing a range of issues in enzyme catalysis, including the chemical mechanisms of cofactor-mediated transformations, the stereochemical aspects of phosphoryl group transfer reactions and the role of “short-strong” hydrogen bonds in catalysis.

Frey’s work on phosphorothioates has led to an understanding of the bond orders between phosphorus and oxygen or sulfur in the molecules, and with many other efforts, Frey’s research has expanded knowledge of phosphate and thiophosphate chemistry, biochemistry and enzymology.

Frey has received numerous awards for his research, including a Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation professorship, a Humboldt Fellowship, the Repligen Award from the American Chemical Society and a series of distinguished lectureships. Frey also was elected to the National Academy of Science in 1998 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.

The Hilldale Fund, which receives income from the operation of the Hilldale Shopping Center, makes the awards possible.

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