Richard W. Hanson, PhD

Richard W. Hanson, PhD, the Leonard and Jean Skeggs Professor of Biochemistry, is renowned for his research in metabolism. Hanson received both the prestigious William C. Rose (1999) and the ASBMB/Merck (2006) awards from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as well as the Meade Johnson Award (1971) and the Osborne/Mendel Award (1995) from the American Institute of Nutrition for his research in metabolism. He also received the Maurice Saltzman Award from the Mt. Sinai Foundation, and the 2008 Lifetime Achievement in Diabetes Research Award (with Dr. Satish C. Kalhan) from the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland's Dietrich Diabetes Research Institute, for research in diabetes.

Hanson joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve in 1978. His career includes two decades as chair of the Department of Biochemistry and co-founding local gene therapy company Copernicus Therapeutics, Inc. Author of more than 260 publications, his research has furthered the understanding of metabolic process. He gained international attention in 2007 with the development of PEPCK-Cmus mice—genetically engineered mice with greatly enhanced endurance.

Honors include the Case Western Reserve University Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize (2001), induction into Cleveland Magazine's Medical Hall of Fame (2002), and the Alumni Association at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Special Medical Alumni Association Service Award (2006). In addition, he has held visiting professorships and delivered numerous guest lectures at prestigious universities around the country.

Hanson is known as an outstanding lecturer and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Kaiser/Permanente Award, the John Diekoff Award, the Student Committee on Medical Education Faculty Teaching Award for Preclinical Teaching from Case Western Reserve and the National College Senior Honor Society Top Professor Award.He is actively involved in teaching biochemistry to undergraduates at Case Western Reserve. His distinguished teaching career also includes mentoring more than 80 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting faculty. His first graduate student, Dr. Shirley M. Tilghman, is the current president of Princeton University.