Robert Hodges, professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been honored with the Murray Goodman Scientific Excellence and Mentorship Award by the American Peptide Society. The award recognizes Hodges’ career-long research excellence and mentorship in the field of peptide science.
Hodges graduated with his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Alberta in 1971. During his career, he worked at Rockefeller University and the University of Alberta, and was a founding member of the Medical Research Council Group in Protein Structure and Function where he remained for more than 25 years. In 1990, Hodges also joined two Networks of Centers of Excellence, which involved researchers from across Canada to work together on research projects that bridged the gap between academia and industry. These Networks included the Canadian Bacterial Diseases Network (CBDN) and the Protein Engineering Network of Centers of Excellence (PENCE). Hodges headed PENCE for six years. In 2000, he moved to CU Denver.
He has won many awards and published more than 500 papers and other materials. He has used peptide chemistry in a creative and innovative manner to investigate major challenges in biomedical research.