Agnes Henschen-Edman, professor emerita of the Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, died of natural causes in her University Hills home Oct. 23. She was a pioneer in the characterization of the blood coagulation protein fibrinogen and was the first person to report its amino acid sequence. Henschen-Edman earned her medical degree and doctorate at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm in 1964 and worked for many years with her husband, Pehr Edman, at the Max-Planck Institute in Germany. She came to UCI in 1989, where she extended her research interests beyond fibrinogen to include protein structure, protein function, and post-translational modifications. She was instrumental in establishing UCI’s first sequencing facility and provided invaluable advice and assistance to numerous faculty members.
November 2, 2011