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42nd IUPAC Council Meeting

Nominee for Bureau

Nicole J. Moreau (France)

Nicole J. Moreau

Prof. Moreau successfully designed the first purification, using affinity chromatography, of enzymes that inactivate aminoglycoside antibiotics. Her research is at the interface of chemistry and life sciences, and she continues to study the mode of action of antibiotics and the way bacteria can resist them.

Education and Career
Prof. Moreau received an M.S. in physical chemistry from the University of Paris (Sorbonne). She obtained a doctorate in physical sciences (chemistry distinction) in 1967 from Orsay University. In 1972, Moreau joined the chemistry laboratory of Prof. Le Goffic at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, where she worked until 1993. In 1973, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. J. S. Pitton at the Medical Microbiology Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. Prof. Moreau began service with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in 1962, where she was directeur de recherche from 1979 to 1992. She has been a full professor at University Paris 6 (Pierre and Marie Curie) since 1993. She also has been a professor at the Laboratory of Molecular Research on Antibiotics of the University Paris 6 since 1994.

IUPAC Activities
Prof. Moreau has served as vice president of the French National Committee for Chemistry (IUPAC NAO) since 1994 and as a member of the French National Committee of Chemistry Delegation at IUPAC since 1995.

Related Professional Activities
Moreau has held a number of leadership positions with leading chemistry institutions: Chargé de Mission, ministère de la recherche–Adjoint du chef du département "Médicaments" (1984—89); secretary (1989—97) and president (1997—99) of EUCHEM (European Chemistry); president of GESA (Study Group of Structure-Activity Relationships, 1990); Chargé de Mission, Department of Chemical Sciences–CNRS (1993—97); secretary of the Maison de la Chimie Foundation International Prize (1994—present); directeur Scientifique Adjoint, Department of Chemical Sciences–CNRS (1998—present). In addition, she is a long-time member of the French Chemical Society, French Microbiology Society, and the French Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Society.

Moreau was awarded the Prix de l’Académie de Pharmacie, Paris, in 1974, and the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, awarded by the State Department of Research, in 2002.


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