Nobel laureate Cech returning to CU full-time
April 13, 2009
BOULDER ” Nobel laureate Tom Cech (CHEK’) is returning to the University of Colorado campus in Boulder full-time this month and plans to teach a general undergraduate chemistry course this fall.
Cech shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in chemistry for discovering that ribonucleic acid is not only a molecule of heredity but also can be a catalyst.
He became president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md., in 2000. He says he decided against continuing on an administrative track to return to teaching and research.
CU said Monday that Cech will resume his position as a CU-based investigator for the institute and will become director of the Colorado Initiative in Molecular Biotechnology, founded by CU-Boulder in 2003.