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Erick Strauss was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, where he also obtained his Bachelors in Science degree in Chemistry in 1997 from the University of Pretoria. He subsequently moved to the USA to pursue his graduate studies at Cornell University, where he worked on the biosynthesis of Coenzyme A with Prof. Tadhg Begley (now at Texas A&M University).

He received a PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Biology in 2003, and returned to South Africa in the same year to accept an offer from Stellenbosch University to establish his own research group – with a focus on chemical biology – in the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science.

In 2008 he moved to the Department of Biochemistry, also at Stellenbosch University, where he currently holds the position of associate professor.

Erick is a recipient of the President’s Award from the South African National Research Foundation (P-rating, 2008-2012), the Beckman Silver Medal Award from the South African Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2010), and the Rector’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from Stellenbosch University (2007).

Physical address:

Dept. of Biochemistry
Stellenbosch University
Room 123 JC Smuts Building
Van der Bijl Street

Mailing address:
Dept. of Biochemistry
Stellenbosch University
Private Bag X1


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