Laurence Lavelle completed his B.S. degree (Class Medal Physical Chemistry) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, with a chemistry major, and minors in microbiology and physical oceanography. Also at the University of Cape Town, he obtained his B.S. (honors) and M.S. (distinction) degrees in chemistry. While at Princeton University, NJ, USA, he completed his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in molecular biophysics, and he is currently a University Distinguished Lecturer at UCLA. He currently teaches over two thousand enrolled students per year and supervises over thirty teaching assistants and tutors per year. Students consider his lectures outstanding with class average evaluations above 8 on a 1-9 scale. He has also taught at the University of Cape Town, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the University of the Witwatersrand, and Princeton University. Lavelle is active in research and has published in the areas of host-guest chemistry, the periodic table, DNA and RNA stability and structure, and virus stability and self-assembly. He is a Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the Biophysical Society, Sigma Xi, The Royal Society of Chemistry, and the American Federation of Teachers. He is the recipient of many research and teaching awards including the Sir Robert Kotze Award, the Harry Crossley Award, a CSIR Fellowship, Berlex Fellowship, Molecular Biophysics NIH Fellowship, the Herbert Newby McCoy Award for Innovative Research at UCLA, the Hanson-Dow Award for Teaching Excellence at UCLA, the UCLA AAP Faculty Recognition Award, and the University Distinguished Teaching Award, UCLA's highest teaching award. He has one patent and is the coauthor of seven books.
Biography Updated on 14 December 2011