Dr. John Ford (Chemistry) was awarded a 2010 Academic Excellence and Innovation Award for the project “Improving Technology for Cellodextrin Production.” The award provides up to $10,000 for project expenditures.
This project will examine cellodextrins, short fibers derived from cellulose, as possible noncaloric food additives to increase fiber consumption. Ford also received an award in 2009 for “Building Tools for the Production of Inexpensive, Efficient Cellulases from the Filamentous Fungus Trichoderma reesei.”
Ford earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Northeastern University, followed by a postdoctoral research fellow position in genetics at Harvard University. He joined the Chemistry Department faculty in 1987.
Dr. Ford’s research interests include bioanalytical purifications and separations, particularly of proteins; the expression, purification, and characterization of recombinant proteins; and chromatographic theory and the mechanism of reversed-phase liquid chromatography.