Donald F. Hunt

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Donald F. Hunt is the University Professor of Chemistry and Pathology at the University of Virginia.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

He received his B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral trainee under Professor Klaus Biemann at MIT. [2]

The Hunt laboratory[edit]

The Hunt laboratory develops new methodology and instrumentation centered on mass spectrometry based proteomics for the characterization of proteins and their modifications.

Research interests[edit]

Among his many research interests, Prof. Hunt investigates how the immune system uses peptides to kill diseased cells, and how modifications to chromatin-associated proteins called histones create a "Code" that may be involved in many gene regulation events.

Professor Hunt teaches Organic Chemistry lab at the University of Virginia.


Widely regarded in the proteomic community, Prof. Hunt has been awarded several honors including the Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Society for Mass Spectrometry; the Christian B. Anfinsen Award from the Protein Society; the Chemical Instrumentation Award and Field and Franklin Award from the American Chemical Society; the Thomson Medal from the International Mass Spectrometry Society; the Human Proteome Organization's Distinguished Achievement Award in Proteomics, and the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities 2007 Award.