Hieronim Jakubowski was born in Szczecinek, Poland, in 1946. He obtained his M.S. degree in physical chemistry from the Poznan University (1969), Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the Agricultural University, Poznan (1974), and D.S. degree in biochemistry from the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Warsaw (1979). He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA (with Robert B. Loftfield, 1975–1976) and a FEBS Fellow at the Hanover Medical School, Germany (with Günther Maas, April 1982–July 1982). He was an EMBO Fellow at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, UK (with Alan Fersht, November 1980–December 1980), where he discovered biological synthesis of the thioester homocysteine thiolactone during homocysteine 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 1987–August 1987). His work focuses on the fidelity of amino acid selection by tRNA synthetases, error-editing mechanisms in protein biosynthesis, and mechanisms of homocysteine incorporation into protein, as well as homocysteine-containing proteins and their role in human cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. He has served in the National Institute of Health, American Cancer Society, and American Heart Association Study Sections and has been a Reviewer for NIH, NSF, American Chemical Society, US Army Research Office, Veterans Administration, and funding agencies in Poland, Switzerland, Israel, and France. He served on the Editorial Boards of Research Communications in Molecular Pathology & Pharmacology and the Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy. He is currently an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, USA, a Professor at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan, and a Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Life Sciences, Poznan.
Biography Updated on 17 December 2008