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Iowa alum Billy Hudson profiled in ASBMB Today

The December 2011 issue of ASBMB Today featured an article about the work of Dr. Billy G. Hudson, a 1966 PhD with Rex Montgomery and Robert Barker. Hudson is currently the Elliot V. Newman Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, and the Director of the Center for Matrix Biology at Vanderbilt. Hudson studied carbohydrate biochemistry with Drs. Montgomery and Barker, and went on to a prominent career researching kidney disease. Hudson is credited with discovery and characterization of the key molecules that mediate filtration by the kidney. His work is not only fundamental but also translational. A compound discovered in Hudson’s lab, which protects against diabetic kidney disease, is now in clinical trials.

Billy Hudson’s work has had profound broader impacts. Inspired by his own rural upbringing, Hudson developed the Aspirnaut Initiative to support the efforts of rural students in pursuing careers in math and science. Founded at Vanderbilt, the initiative is a three-part program aimed at involving more students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

Dr. Hudson, already awarded a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Carver College of Medicine, will be the guest of honor at Dr. Montgomery’s annual faculty dinner in January.

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