George Barany

portrait of Professor George Barany

George Barany

Professor, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Department of Chemistry


Smith Hall
Room 435
207 Pleasant Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Ph.D. Rockefeller University, 1977 (R.B. Merrifield)

Post Doctorate Rockefeller University, 1977-1980

Research Interests
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Chemical Biology: peptide synthesis

Organic Chemistry: peptide synthesis

Our research encompasses developing mild chemical methods for the synthesis of peptides and small proteins, and applying these methods to solve interesting and challenging biological problems. Several of the reagents and procedures that we have developed are being used in labs throughout the world for peptide science and combinatorial chemistry; notable examples are the “PAL,” “XAL,” and “BAL” linkers, and the PEG-PS and CLEAR families of supports. Diagrammed to the right are BPTI (upper) and GB1 (lower), current targets of interest in protein design and folding studies. Students in the lab receive a broad, multi-disciplinary training, and graduate to rewarding academic and industrial positions.

Honors and Awards

Murray Goodman Scientific Excellence & Mentorship Award from the American Peptide Society, 2015

American Chemical Society Ralph F. Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry, 2006

Distinguished McKnight University Professorship, 1997

Vincent du Vigneaud Award, Outstanding Achievements in Peptide Research, 1994

Searle Scholar Award, 1982

Mailing Address

George Barany
University of Minnesota
Department of Chemistry
A-2, 139 Smith Hall
207 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431