Alumni Honorees

Norman J. DovichiNorman J. Dovichi

B.S. Chemistry and Mathematical Sciences, 1976


Professor Dovichi has had an illustrious career and today is most widely recognized for his work in high-throughput electrophoresis and fluorescence spectrometry as applied to human genome sequencing. He currently is an Endowed Professor of Chemistry at the University of Washington.

Following his graduation from Northern, Dovichi obtained his doctoral degree at the University of Utah. Following completion of a post-doctoral fellowship at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in 1982, he accepted an assistant professorship at the University of Wyoming. He moved to the University of Alberta in 1986, and he moved onto his current position at the University of Washington in 2001.

In his career, Dovichi has published more than 200 manuscripts and 15 book chapters. He has seven U.S. patents. He also directed the research of 47 doctoral students and 30 postdoctoral fellows. Fifteen of the alumni from his group have taken academic positions. Norm is an Associate Editor of Analytical Chemistry and has served on the editorial boards of 16 other international journals. His research is well funded by the National Institutes of Health.

His accomplishments have earned him numerous awards. Among the honors: the American Chemical Society Awards in Chemical Instrumentation and Spectrochemical Analysis.  He was named one of Science Magazine’s Unsung Heroes of the Human Genome Project. He also holds an honorary professorship in the Chinese Academy of Sciences.