KU News Release

June 14, 2011
Contact: Jackie Hosey, School of Pharmacy, 785-864-1206

School of Pharmacy bestows distinguished professorship

Christian Schöneich

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LAWRENCE — Christian Schöneich has been named the Takeru Higuchi Distinguished Professor of Bioanalytical Chemistry at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. His new appointment will take effect when fall classes begin in August.

Schöneich joined the KU faculty in 1992 and was named chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 2005. He’s earned international recognition for his research on protein oxidation and its role in human aging and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Schöneich is considered one of the foremost experts on molecular oxidation and human diseases, and his research is heavily supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Schöneich received his diploma from Free University in Berlin, Germany, and his doctorate in chemistry with honors from the Technical University, also in Berlin.

University Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Val Stella sat on the committee that selected Schöneich for the distinguished professorship. Stella said that through outstanding scholarship and research, Schöneich has earned the respect of colleagues worldwide.

“He could teach anywhere he wanted to teach,” Stella said. “We’re glad that he has chosen the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, and we hope this recognition and the added responsibilities that come along with it will keep him here for many more years.”

Schöneich joins an elite group as he becomes the 17th School of Pharmacy faculty member to be honored with a distinguished professorship in the school’s 126-year history.

“The title of distinguished professor is reserved for those extraordinary researchers and educators who have established themselves as leaders in their disciplines,” School of Pharmacy Dean Ken Audus said. “Christian Schöneich has clearly demonstrated that he belongs in that group.”

The Takeru Higuchi Distinguished Professorship was established in 1984 by the late Professor Takeru Higuchi to honor a faculty member who has established an international reputation for accomplishments in bioanalytical chemistry or a related scientific discipline, including carrying out cutting-edge research that relies significantly on bioanalytical chemistry expertise.

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