Lawrence K. Duffy, PhD

Lawrence K. Duffy, PhD

Title: Professor, Biochemist
Company: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska, United States

Lawrence K. Duffy, PhD, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biochemistry.

A renowned educator and biochemist, Dr. Duffy has offered his scientific expertise at the collegiate level for more than 35 years. Since 1992, he has served as a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, having also been director of the Resilience & Adaption Program from 2013 to 2020. In addition, he has served the university as interim dean of the Graduate School from 200 to 2012, associate dean for Graduate Studies and Outreach of the College of Natural Science and Mathematics from 2000 to 2006 and head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 1994 to 1999. Simultaneously, Dr. Duffy had been co-leader of the Graduate Studies Area at the University of the Arctic from 2007 to 2012.

Prior to his time in Alaska, Dr. Duffy was an instructor of general and organic chemistry at Roxbury Community College from 1984 to 1987, as well as an advanced biochemistry instructor and assistant professor neurology at the Harvard Medical School between 1982 and 1987. Earlier, he showed his prowess as a research assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch from 1980 to 1982 and as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks between 1969 and 1977. Since the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Dr. Duffy has broadened his research activity from protein structure into the area of wildlife and human environmental health. Currently, he is researching how the central nervous system protects itself from contaminants of the Arctic’s extreme environment.

A fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America, American Institute of Chemists and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Dr. Duffy is also the executive director of the Arctic Division of the AAAS. Likewise, he maintains membership with the American Chemical Society, New York Academy of Sciences, Alaska Club Nominating Committee, Sigma Xi and Phi Lambda Upsilon. Finding great success in his career, he received the Irish Educator Award from the Irish Voice in 2013, the Excellence Interdisciplinary Science Award from the Western Alabama Interdisciplinary Science Conference in 2012, the Chancellors Diversity Award from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2011 and the Sven Ebbesson Neuroscience Award in 2007, among others.

Dr. Duffy received a Bachelor of Science from Fordham University in 1969. Matriculating at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, he achieved a Master of Science in 1972 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1977. From there, he served as a postdoctoral fellow at Boston University and the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology until 1980. Additionally, he was a lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve from 1971 to 1973. Reflecting on his career, he recalls mentoring students and contributing to the greater good of science have been his highlights. To attest to his legacy, Dr. Duffy can also be found in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World.

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