Dr. Coon moved to Ann Arbor in 1955 where he began a stellar career at the University of Michigan, serving as Chair of the Department of Biological Chemistry for twenty years. Jud is best known for his pioneering work with the cytochrome P450 system, initially isolating this compound which has now become known as the metabolism system for medications, hormones, toxins, and other substances. His work on P450 is featured as a Journal of Biological Chemistry Classic. He retired in 2002 as Victor C. Vaughan Distinguished University Professor. The Minor J. Coon Professorship in Biological Chemistry was established at the University of Michigan in 1991, the highest academic award that a University can bestow, which lasts as long as the University exists.
September 14, 2018