Steven B. Vik
Dedman College 2022
Steven B. Vik, professor of biological sciences, joined the SMU faculty in 1987 after earning a B.S. in chemistry at the California Institute of Technology and Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Oregon and pursuing postdoctoral studies at Scripps Research and Stanford University. Vik, who created the biochemistry major at SMU, served as advisor of undergraduate biochemistry students since 1993 and also led the Department of Biological Sciences as chair from 2011 to 2014. During his career at SMU, Vik has been honored as a Ford Research Fellow and Dedman Family Distinguished Professor. His research on the structure and function of membrane-bound enzymes, specifically ATP synthase and Complex I, which are central to energy production in cells, has been funded for many years by grants from the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association and the Welch Foundation. He has published 54 peer-reviewed articles and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry for 10 years. He retires as professor emeritus of biological sciences.