Ercal named Vitek Chair

Nuran Ercal, an expert in the study of lead toxicity, became the Richard K. Vitek/Foundation for Chemical Research Endowed Chair in Biochemistry at Missouri S&T on June 1. The chair was established in 2005 through a lead gift of nearly $800,000 from Richard K. Vitek, Chem’58, and his wife, Marilyn. It will help combine the expertise of faculty from the departments of chemistry, biological sciences, and chemical and biological engineering.


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In addition to the gift from the Viteks, major contributions were provided by Missouri S&T’s Foundation for Chemical Research and other donors, and matched by the University of Missouri.
Ercal joined S&T in 1990. Her research focuses on free radicals in biological systems, metal toxicity and the benefits of antioxidants.

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