“I am continually amazed at how willing Dan is to donate his time to provide guidance, and I am amazed at how effective his guidance is across this wide range of scientific areas,” Russell continued. “I know of no other scientist who is so willing and eager to assist students in this way.”
Herschlag received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1982, during which time he also co-edited the campus literary magazine.
After a year of conducting research into the enzymology of glycopeptide synthesis with John Gander at the University of Minnesota (and learning a little quantum mechanics on the side), Herschlag began his graduate studies at Brandeis University. There, he began looking into phosphoryl transfer reactions under the direction of William Jencks.
After receiving his doctoral degree in 1988, Herschlag did postdoctoral research at the University of Colorado at Boulder under Thomas Cech, where he got his first taste of the recently discovered RNA enzymes. He then went on to join the Stanford University biochemistry department in 1993, where he has remained ever since.
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