The department would like to congratulate Drs. M. Todd Washington and M. Ashley Spies on their promotions to Full Professor and Associate Professor, respectively.
Dr. Washington began working in the Department of Biochemistry as an assistant professor in September of 2003 after completing a PhD at the Ohio State University and a postdoctoral fellowship with Professors Louise and Satya Prakash focused on lesion-bypassing polymerases at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. He was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2009. Dr. Washington has established an internationally visible research program on the function and structure of non-classical DNA polymerases, which are responsible for replicating damaged DNA.
Dr. Spies began working in the Department of Biochemistry as an assistant professor in July of 2012. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Medicinal & Natural Products Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy. Dr. Spies recieved a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas in 1997. From 1997 to 2000, Dr. Spies held a MONBUSHO fellowship at Osaka University with Dr. Katsuyuki Tanizawa on quinone cofactor biosynthesis. In 2000, he joined Dr. Michael Toney’s laboratory at the University of California, Davis, focusing on on alanine racemase enzymology. In 2005, he was appointed Research Assistant Professor at University of Illinois.