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Lawrence DeLucas Biography
Lawrence J. DeLucas (O. D., Ph.D.) was Payload Specialist on Space Shuttle mission STS-50. He was born on July 11, 1950 in Syracuse, New York, and is currently married with three children. His recreational interests include basketball, scuba diving, model airplanes, astronomy and reading.

Dr. DeLucas attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), at Birmingham, Alabama and received the following degrees:

Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (1972)
Master of Science degree in Chemistry (1974)
Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Optics (1979)
Doctorate in Optometry (1981)
Doctorate in Biochemistry (1982)

Dr. DeLucas is a member of the following organizations:

American Crystallographic Association
American Academy of Optometry
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Alabama Optometric Association
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
National Aeronautic Association
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Biotechnology Association of Alabama
Helen Keller Eye Research Foundation

He has published over 104 research articles in refereed scientific journals, is co-author of 2 books, and co-inventor on 25 patents.

Special Honors
Co-Chair, Spacehab Science Advisory Board
Secretary of the Board, Council of Biotechnology Centers, Biotechnology Industry Council
Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, UAB
Howell Heflin Statesmanship Award for Technology, NASA Space Flight Medal
Recognized as one of the scientists who could shape the 21st century in an article by The Sunday Times of London entitled “The Brains Behind the 21st Century”
Distinguished Crystallography Lecturer for Pittsburgh Diffraction Society Lecturers
Honorary Doctor of Science degree, Ohio State University, Illinois College of Optometry, State University of New York State College of Optometry, and Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI.

1975-1976: Research Associate in the Institute of Dental Research, UAB

1977-1982: Graduate Student, working on combined doctoral degrees in Optometry and Biochemistry

1982-present: Member of Vision Science Research Center

1983-present: Member, Graduate Faculty, UAB

1984-present: Scientist, Comprehensive Cancer Center, UAB

1986-1992: Associate Director, Center for Macromolecular Crystallography, UAB

1987-present: Member of NASA Science Advisory Committee for Advanced Protein Crystal Growth

1989-present: Adjunct Professor, Materials Science, University of Alabama at Huntsville, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Alabama

1989-present: Professor, Department of Optometry, UAB

1990-present: Adjunct Professor, Laboratory of Medical Genetics, UAB

1990-present: Adjunct Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UAB

1990-present: Member, Executive Committee and Board of the Helen Keller Eye Research Foundation

1994-1995: NASA Chief Scientist for International Space Station

1994-present: Director, Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering, UAB

1994-present: Director, Cancer Center X-ray Core Facility, UAB

1996-present: and Member Research Foundation and Technology Transfer Committee, UAB

1997-1998: Member Metabiolic Bone Disease, UAB

1997-present: Member, Media Relations Group, UAB

2001-present: Adjunct Professor, Physiology and Biophysics

Space Flight Experience
Dr. DeLucas was a member of the crew of Space Shuttle Columbia for STS-50 (June 25-July 9, 1992), the United States Microgravity Laboratory-1 (USML-1) Spacelab mission. Over a two-week period, the crew conducted a wide variety of experiments relating to materials processing and fluid physics. At mission conclusion, Dr. DeLucas had traveled over 5.7 million miles in 221 Earth orbits, and had logged over 331 hours in space.
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