Navigation Links
ASBMB taps 8 scientists for top awards

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) has announced the recipients of its annual awards competition. Eight scientists were singled out for their outstanding achievements and contributions to science. The awards will officially be presented at the Experimental Biology 2009 Meeting, April 18-22, in New Orleans.

David Davies of the NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, will give the Herbert Tabor/Journal of Biological Chemistry Lectureship. The award was established to recognize the many contributions of Dr. Tabor to both the JBC and the Society. Davies studies the structure and mechanism of action of the Toll-like receptors of the innate immune system as well as other proteins such as anti-anthrax lyase.

John Kuriyan, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Chancellor's Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, will be honored with the ASBMB Merck Award for his exceptional achievements in and contributions to structural biology. Kuriyan is one of the world's leading researchers on protein kinases, and his studies of c-Src, c-Abl, and CaMKII have provided exciting new insights into the structure and function of these molecular systems.

Sarah Spiegel of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine will be presented with the Avanti Award in Lipids. This award honors outstanding scientists whose research interests are in the field of lipids. Spiegel is one of the founders of the paradigm that sphingolipid metabolites serve as signaling molecules, and the sphingolipid signal that she discovered, sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P), is now the most thoroughly characterized mediator in this field.

Susan Lindquist, an HHMI Investigator, member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will receive the FASEB Excellence in Science Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievement by women in the biological sciences. Lindquist is a pioneer in the study of protein folding and has shown that changes in folding can have profound and unexpected influences in fields as wide-ranging as human disease, evolution, and nanotechnology.

Douglas Rees, an HHMI Investigator and Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, will give the Fritz Lipmann Lectureship. This lectureship, which is awarded every 2 years, recognizes investigators who make conceptual advances in biochemistry, bioenergetics, and molecular biology. Rees has made pivotal contributions to understanding the structure of integral membrane proteins, membrane transport mechanisms, and metalloenzyme structure and mechanism.

Phillip Zamore, HHMI Investigator and Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, will be presented with the Schering-Plough Research Institute Award. The Schering Plough Award was established to recognize young investigators for outstanding research at an early stage of their careers. A pioneer in the study of RNA silencing in eukaryotes, Zamore's laboratory has played a role in nearly all of the major breakthroughs in the study of RNA silencing.

Sandra Schmid, an investigator at the Scripps Research Institute, will be honored with the William C. Rose Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to biochemical and molecular biological research and a demonstrated commitment to the training of younger scientists. Schmid is an internationally recognized biochemist who has been a pioneer in our understanding of the molecular basis of receptor-mediated endocytosis.

Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom of Duke University Medical Center will receive the ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education. The award, administered annually by the ASBMB Education & Professional Development Committee, is given to a scientist who encourages effective teaching and learning of biochemistry and molecular biology through his or her own teaching, leadership, writing, educational research, mentoring, or public enlightenment. Schwartz-Bloom's past research looked at novel pharmacologic approaches to prevent neuronal death caused by cerebral ischemia associated with cardiac arrest and stroke. Her current research program, which she started in 1996, focuses exclusively on science education.


Contact: Nick Zagorski
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Related biology news :

1. When fish talk, scientists listen
2. Scientists demonstrate the sharpest measurement of ice crystals in clouds
3. Scientists demonstrate means of reducing Alzheimers-like plaques in fly brain
4. Scientists discover key patterns in the packaging of genes
5. Scripps research scientists reveal key structure from ebola virus
6. Scientists learn how food affects the brain
7. Scientists discover new reefs teeming with marine life in Brazil
8. Normal-looking sperm may have serious damage; scientists urge more care in selection
9. Biodiversity maps developed by UCSD scientists will help guide conservation measures in East Africa
10. Scientists integrate data in three dimensions to study climate effects on young fish
11. Scientists set out to measure how we perceive naturalness
Post Your Comments:
(Date:4/19/2016)... UAE, April 20, 2016 The ... as a compact web-based "all-in-one" system solution for all ... fingerprint reader or the door interface with integration authorization ... access control systems. The minimal dimensions of the access ... into the building installations offer considerable freedom of design ...
(Date:4/14/2016)... AVIV, Israel , April 14, 2016 ... Behavioral Authentication and Malware Detection, today announced the appointment ... already assumed the new role. Goldwerger,s leadership ... BioCatch, on the heels of the deployment of its ... addition, BioCatch,s behavioral biometric technology, which discerns unique cognitive ...
(Date:3/31/2016)... , March 31, 2016  Genomics firm Nabsys has ... CEO, Barrett Bready , M.D., who returned to ... the original technical leadership team, including Chief Technology Officer, ... Product Development, Steve Nurnberg and Vice President of Software ... the company. Dr. Bready served as CEO ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016   Boston Biomedical ... novel compounds designed to target cancer stemness pathways, ... been granted Orphan Drug Designation from the U.S. ... of gastric cancer, including gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) cancer. ... designed to inhibit cancer stemness pathways by targeting ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- A person commits a crime, and the detective uses ... criminal down. An outbreak of foodborne illness makes ... uses DNA evidence to track down the bacteria that caused ... not. The FDA has increasingly used a complex, cutting-edge technology ... Put as simply as possible, whole genome sequencing is a ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... Charm Sciences, Inc. ... test has received AOAC Research Institute approval 061601. , “This is another AOAC-RI ... stated Bob Salter, Vice President of Regulatory and Industrial Affairs. “The Peel Plate ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- The Biodesign Challenge (BDC), a university competition that asks ... systems and biotechnology, announced its winning teams at the ... York City . The teams, chosen ... MoMA,s Celeste Bartos Theater during the daylong summit. Keynote ... of architecture and design, and Suzanne Lee , ...
Breaking Biology Technology: