Biography - Gregory A. Petsko

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At the White House in October Gregory Petsko received the National Medal of Science, “for advancing our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases like ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.” the press release said. “His role in founding structural enzymology, along with his commitment to educating the public about brain health, have empowered people around the world and raised the ambitions of our nation regarding aging with dignity.” See, for instance, Petsko’s 2016 TED talk, “The Coming Epidemic of Neurodegenerative Diseases.” Much of his work on structural enzymology was done in collaboration with Brandeis Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry Emerita Dagmar Ringe.