J. Michael “Hawkeye” Pierce

J. Michael Distinguished Research Professor 2006

J. Michael “Hawkeye” Pierce, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and member of the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, studies the function of glycans – a kind of carbohydrate – in how tumor cells interact within the body. He discovered and patented a rare and complex amino-acid sequence that is part of an enzyme that appears to be involved in breast cancer, and this research pinpointed new targets for anti-cancer drugs.