Chemistry professor Michael Marletta will take over as Chair of the Chemistry Department, effective July 1, 2005, as outgoing chair Charles Harris assumes the Deanship.
Marletta, the Aldo DeBenedictis Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, has campus appointments in Biochemistry and in Molecular and Cell Biology, as well as joint appointments with Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology at UCSF, and is a Faculty Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Marletta received his A.B. in Biology and Chemistry from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia in 1973, and then his Ph.D. in 1978 from the University of California, San Francisco with George L. Kenyon. He then went on to do postdoctoral research with Dr. Christopher T. Walsh at M.I.T. Before joining the faculty at Berkeley in 2001, he held an appointment at the University of Michigan where he was John G. Searle Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Professor of Biological Chemistry, and he was an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Marletta has received numerous awards including the 1995 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award, his 1999 election to both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, and the 2004 Harrison-Howe Award.
Marletta does reserach in the fields of of bioorganic chemistry and enzymology, and has done influential work on nitric oxide signaling. Significant work in the Marletta lab includes showing that immunostimulated macrophages make nitrates, that L-arginine is the precursor to nitrates, and that endothelial cells make NO.