Biographical Sketch of Donald B. McCormick, Ph.D., F.E. Callaway Prof. Emeritus, Dept. of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322-3050
Dr. McCormick earned his Bachelor's (chemistry and math, 1953) and Doctorate (biochemistry, 1958) at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. His dissertation research was on pentose and pentitol metabolism. He was then an N.I.H. postdoctoral fellow (1958-1960) at the University of California-Berkeley where his research was on enzymes that convert vitamin B6 to the coenzyme pyridoxal phosphate. He has had sabbatics in the chemistry departments in Basel University (Switzerland) and in the University of Arizona, and in the Biochemistry Dept. in Wageningen (Netherlands).
His academic appointments have been at Cornell University (1960-1978) in Ithaca, NY where he became the Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry and at Emory University (1979-present) in Atlanta, GA where he served as the Fuller E. Callaway Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Biochemistry and the Exec.Assoc. Dean for Basic Sciences in the School of Medicine. There are annual Lectures and a Graduate Award in his name at Emory. His research has been on cofactors and enzymes with emphases on chemistry, biochemistry, and nutrition of vitamins (esp. B6, riboflavin, biotin, and lipoate), coenzymes, and metal ions.
He has been a consultant and served on numerous committees that include service for N.I.H., N.C.I., F.A.S.E.B., I.O.M./N.A.S., N.A.S.A., F.A.O./W.H.O., and groups for international symposia on cofactors. He continues to consult and advise on vitamin and trace mineral subjects.
He has over 500 publications, been on the editorial boards of several journals of biochemistry and nutrition, and has served as editor of volumes on Vitamins and Coenzymes in the Meth. in Enzymol. series, Vitamins and Hormones, the Handbook of Vitamins, and the Annual Review of Nutrition.
He is a member of numerous scientific societies, including those in biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, and nutrition, and has received such honors as a Bausch & Lomb Award, Westinghouse Science Scholarship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Wellcome Visiting Professorships (Univ. of Florida, Medical College of Pennsylvania), named visiting professorships (Univ. of California-Davis, Univ. of Missouri). He has received awards from the American Institute of Nutrition (Mead Johnson, Osborne and Mendel) and Bristol-Myers Squibb/Mead Johnson Award for Distinguished Achievement in Nutrition Research. He is a Fellow of the Amer.Assoc.Adv.Sci., the Amer. Soc. of Nutritional Sciences, and the Amer. Inst. Chemistry.