Will Mcknight photo_UMN_6817.jpg  William C. K. Pomerantz

Education and Positions: B.S. Chemistry, Ithaca College, NY, 2002; Fulbright Fellow, ETH, Switzerland, 2002-2003; Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, 2003-2008;NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan, MI, 2009-2012; Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University  of Minnesota, 2012-2018, Associate Professor of Chemistry, University  of Minnesota, 2018-current.

Research Interests: Protein-Protein interactions, protein allostery, and epigenetic regulation of gene transcription.  Applied biophysics for inhibitor discovery including developing protein-observed fluorine NMR methods, and ligand observed NMR, unnatural amino acid incorporation into proteins. 

Honors and Awards: Fulbright Fellow 2002-2003, NIH Postdoctoral Traineeship, 2009-2012, NSF CAREER Award 2014, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Scholar Award 2014, University  of Minnesota Land-Grant McKnight Professor Award 2015, Cottrell Research Scholar 2016, The International Chemical Biology Society, Rising Star in Chemical  Biology Award  2016, Guillermo Borja Award 2018, Presidential McKnight Professor Award, 2018.

The Protein Society: Active member beginning 2019

Society Service Relevant to the Protein Society:  Gordon Research Seminar Chair on High-throughput Screening and Chemical Biology (2009-2011)  Reviewer for the NIH (NIGMS and NCI) and NSF, member of the American Peptide Society (2007-present), Nominations committee (2015-2017).  Organizer for the American Peptide Society student affairs committee (2019).  ACS Postdoc to faculty mentor (2012-2017). Member of the MN-local ACS section (2017-current),  Nominations committee (2017-current).  International Chemical Biology Society Global Council Member (2018-present). ACS Med. Chem. Lett Early Career Advisory Board (2018-current)