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Judy Voet

Senior Research Scholar



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Judith Voet


B.S., Antioch College
Ph.D., Brandeis University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, Fox Chase Cancer Center

Professional life

My main area of research involves enzyme reaction mechanisms. I taught Biochemistry here at Swarthmore College for 26 years before going on permanent sabbatical leave in 2004. I and my husband, Donald Voet, have written the text BIOCHEMISTRY now in its 4th edition and, along with Charlotte Pratt, the text FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOCHEMISTRY, now in its 5th edition. Interactive exercises, some Guided Explorations, and Animated Figure Videos from this text are available at Fundamentals of Biochemistry, 5th Ed Resources. I was also Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education ( from 2000-2014. I have been a member of the Education and Professional Development Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education Committee.

Since "retiring" I have taught The Chemistry of Living Organisms in the Masters in Integrated Science Education Program in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and have led workshops for middle school girls with Expand Your Horizons. I have also been active in bringing back to life an independent Antioch College, my alma mater.

In 2012, with the help of a workshop given by the Center for Digital Storytelling, I created a short video of my life, "Judy Voet, My Story" available on YouTube:
Judy Voet, My Story

Recent publications
* indicates Swarthmore College student

2000 D. Kraut*, H. Goff*, R. K. Pai*, N. A. Hosea, I. Silman, J. L. Sussman, P. Taylor and J. G. Voet, Inactivation Studies of Acetylcholinesterase with Phenylmethanesulfonyl Fluoride, Mol. Pharm., 57, 1243-1248.

2000 J. B. Doyon*, E. A. M. Hansen, C.-Y. Kim, J. S. Chang, D. W. Christianson, R. D. Madder*, J. G. Voet, T. A. Baird, Jr., C. A. Fierke, and A. Jain, Linear Free Energy Relationships Implicate Three Modes of Binding for Fluoroaromatic Inhibitors to a Mutant of Carbonic Anhydrase II, Organic Letters, 2, 1189-1192.

2000 D. J. T. Porter, J. G. Voet and H. J. Bright, Active Site Generation of a Protonically Unstable Suicide Substrate from a Stable Precursor: Glucose Oxidase and dibromonitromethane, Biochemistry, 39, 11808-11817.

2002 R. D. Madder*, C.-Y. Kim, P. P. Chandra*, J. B. Doyon*, T. A. Baird, Jr., C. A. Fierke, D. W. Christianson, J. G. Voet, and A. Jain, Twisted Amides Inferred from QSAR Analysis of Hydrophobicity and Electronic Effects on the Affinity of Fluoroaromatic Inhibitors of Carbonic Anhydrase, J. Org. Chem., 67, 582-584.

2003 J. G. Voet, et. al., Recommended curriculum for a program in biochemistry and molecular biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 31, 161-162.

Recent textbooks

1990-2010 D. Voet and J. G. Voet, BIOCHEMISTRY, a text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, John Wiley & Sons. [Now 1782 pages and in its 4th edition, this textbook is accompanied by a web site containing molecular graphics exercises and animations. Biochemistry has been translated into Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish]

1999-2016 D. Voet, J. G. Voet, and C. Pratt, FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOCHEMISTRY: Life at the Molecular Level, an introductory text for undergraduate students, John Wiley & Sons. [Now 1098 pages and in it's 5th edition, this textbook is accompanied by a web site containing molecular graphics exercises and animations. Fundamentals of Biochemistry has been translated into Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.]

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