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UMSL Chemist Recognized for Research Excellence

His outstanding record as a world-class researcher in the field of carbohydrate chemistry and biology has garnered Alexei Demchenko the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity.

Demchenko, professor of chemistry at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and a resident of Glen Carbon, Ill., will receive a plaque and $1,000 honorarium at the Chancellor’s State of the University Address on Sept. 26.

While the award is in his name, Demchenko said his research is a team effort.

“This award is a recognition to over 80 of my research trainees ranging from undergraduate students to post-doctoral fellows, who have significantly contributed to the overall success of my laboratory ‘Glycoworld.’ My special thanks go to my outstanding doctoral students and collaborators for their dedication, productivity and support.”

Since he joined the UMSL faculty in 2001, Demchenko has established himself as one of the university’s most prolific grant and publication writers, bringing in well over $3 million in grant funding, to date. He has filed two patents, and has more than 120 publications – 100 during his time at UMSL.

“Not only does Alexei have a highly productive and internationally recognized research program, he is energetic, a popular teacher, well regarded by his peers and committed to excellent service to the university and to his profession,” said Christopher Spilling, professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMSL.

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