Christine E. Buchanan
Dedman College 2015
Christine E. Buchanan, Professor of Biological Sciences in Dedman College, joined the SMU faculty in 1977. She received a B.A. in biology from Drake University and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Chicago. She engaged in further study as a postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University, where she began work on penicillin- binding proteins. At SMU her research on the molecular targets of penicillin, funded by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, is significant for both medicine and basic science. Professor Buchanan served her department as chair and director of undergraduate studies. She worked closely with students as a teacher of courses in microbiology and biochemistry and as faculty advisor to the Health Pre-professional Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta. She served the University in several important roles, including president of the Faculty Senate, chair of the University Admissions Council and co-administrator of the BRITE (Biomedical Researchers in Training Experience) program. Her honors include the President's Associates Outstanding Faculty Award, Distinguished University Citizen Award, HOPE (Honoring Our Professors' Excellence) Award and the "M" Award, SMU's most prestigious recognition. She also was selected as an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor. She retires as Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences.