Please help us to endow an award honoring Profs. Abeles and Jencks. By establishing an endowment, we intend to secure the future of this award and its strong tradition, built on the foundation of the erstwhile Repligen Award.* No donation is too small, we will be grateful for anything you can afford.

Statement of Award Objective

Nominees shall have made outstanding contributions to the understanding of the chemistry of biological processes with particular emphasis on structure, function and mechanism.

There is no restriction on age.

A list of past recipients is here.

Many Ways to Donate

You can donate to the award using PayPal or a credit card through the link below (note: the service fee will be covered by the division).

Alternatively, if you prefer to pay by check or other methods, please contact Christine Chow: cchow@wayne.edu

About Abeles and Jencks

Robert H. Abeles (1926-2000) and William P. Jencks (1927-2007) were pioneers at the interface of chemistry and biology. Abeles’ imaginative and elegant experiments defined the mechanisms of enzymes in nearly every reaction class. He also made an enormous contribution to the rational design of enzyme inhibitors. Where Abeles outlined enzyme mechanisms in broad strokes, Jencks focused on the details of transition state structure with simple, rigorous kinetic experiments. Jencks’ clarity of thought is preserved in his classic textbook Catalysis in Chemistry and Enzymology. With complementary styles and approaches, Abeles and Jencks trained two generations of students and postdocs, many of whom have established their own very distinguished careers.

Images: Jencks 1973, Abeles 1975. Courtesy of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.


*Prior to 2019, this award was generously sponsored by Repligen.