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Jack Vanderhoek Jack Vanderhoek
Vice Chair for Education, Biochemistry
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

Office Phone: 202-994-2929
Email: Email
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine


  • BS, City University of New York, City College, 1960
  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1966


My teaching is focused on three areas- (1) lecturing on various Biochemistry topics to undergraduate and graduate students, (2) hands-on teaching undergraduate and graduate laboratory courses in Protein methodologies and Lipid/Carbohydrate analytical procedures and (3) discussing the History of Medicine to medical students. In addition to my teaching and research responsibilities, I am the Director and Advisor of the M.S. program in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biochemistry as well as an advisor to those undergraduates needing guidance concerning our departmental undergraduate Biochemistry course offerings.


For the last 40 years, my research interest has centered on fatty acids, especially eicosanoid metabolism but more recently my focus has shifted to an interest in nutritional fatty acids. Currently my major research interest is Medical History and is concentrated on the development of 18th and 19th century hospitals, with emphasis on the establishment of Jewish hospitals during this time period.


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