Friday, May 15, 2015

Susan Golden gets honorary degree from Missouri

Susan Golden, an MU graduate and a prominent researcher in microbiology will receive an honorary degree during the Honors College ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Mizzou Arena.

Golden's discovery of a biological cycle of cyanobacteria, which gets its energy through photosynthesis, reversed the previous notion that organisms with lifespans shorter than one day could not maintain an internal clock. According to a MU News Bureau release, the findings of this study could affect the development of biofuel or improve chemotherapeutic drugs.

Golden is a professor at the University of California, San Diego, and director of the Center for Circadian Biology. She graduated from MU with a doctorate in genetics in 1983.




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