Dale C. Poulter, professor of chemistry, has been named chairman of the chemistry department at the University of Utah.
Poulter was named to the John A. Widtsoe Presidential Endowed Chair in March. He heads a group of chemists who won national recognition for their work on enzyme reactions that help to produce high levels of cholesterol, which in turn causes cardiovascular disease.He teaches the undergraduate honors organic chemistry series for the department.
"Dr. Poulter's pioneering contributions have helped define bioorganic chemistry as a field of study," says Peter J. Stang, distinguished professor of chemistry and former chemistry chairman.
"His farsighted and creative contributions in the areas of isoprene metabolism and biomolecular structure have dramatically advanced our knowledge in these areas."
Poulter earned his bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.
A member of the American Chemical Society, he received the society's Ernest Guenthe Award in 1991 for excellence in research. He is also a member of the Chemical Society of London and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.