Hieronim Jakubowski obtained his M.S. degree in physical chemistry from the Poznan University (Poznan, Poland, 1969), Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the Agricultural University (Poznan, Poland, 1974), and D.S. degree in biochemistry from the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, (Warsaw, Poland, 1979). He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA (with R. B. Loftfield, 1975-1976) and a FEBS Fellow at the Hanover Medical School, Germany (with G. Maas, April–July 1982). He was an EMBO Fellow at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, UK (with Alan Fersht, November-December 1980), where he discovered biological synthesis of the thioester homocysteine (Hcy) thiolactone during Hcy editing by aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases. He took a Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Course at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA (July-August 1987). His work focuses on the fidelity of amino acid selection by tRNA synthetases, error-editing mechanisms in protein biosynthesis, the origin of the genetic code, mechanisms of Hcy incorporation into protein, and the role of Hcy-containing proteins in human heart and brain diseases. He was a Member of the NIH, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and NCN (Poland) Study Sections; a Reviewer for NIH, NSF, American Chemical Society, US Army Research Office, Veterans Administration, and funding agencies in Poland, Norway, Switzerland, Israel, and France. He served on the Editorial Boards of Acta Biochimica Polonica, Amino Acids (Springer), Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, and so forth. Jakubowski is currently an Adjunct Professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA; a Professor at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Poznan, Poland; and a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Life Sciences, Poznan, Poland.
Biography Updated on 18 July 2014