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American Society for Microbiology honors Victor de Lorenzo

Washington, DCMay 28, 2008The 2008 American Society for Microbiology (ASM) GlaxoSmithKline International Member of the Year Award is presented to Vctor de Lorenzo, Professor of Research, National Center of Biotechnology of the Spanish Research Council, Cantoblanco-Madrid, Spain. This award recognizes a distinguished microbiologist who has exhibited exemplary leadership in the international microbiological community.

Throughout his career, Dr. de Lorenzo has traversed and transcended national boundaries. He has served as an eloquent international ambassador for microbiology and an exceptional role model for young scientists. Dr. de Lorenzo has organized a number of international scientific meetings, including two European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Sectorial Workshops on Molecular Biology and one of the triennial meetings on Pseudomonas. He visits Latin American countries often and gives lectures and laboratory courses in microbiology, and serves on advisory boards of research institutes. Recently, he has been pursuing ways to enable more collaboration between Latin American and European scientists. Dr. de Lorenzo is an elected member of both the EMBO and the European Environmental Research Organization, and is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. He served as Spain's delegate and member of the Core Group in the Standing Committee for Life and Environmental Sciences of the European Science Foundation from 1998-2002.

Dr. de Lorenzo received his B.S.A. in Chemistry and his M.Sc. in Biochemistry at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Universidad Autnoma de Madrid, Spain.

The GlaxoSmithKline International Member of the Year Award is presented during the 108th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), June 1 June 5, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. ASM is the world's oldest and largest life science organization and has more than 43,000 members worldwide. ASM's mission is to advance the microbiological sciences and promote the use of scientific knowledge for improved health and economic and environmental well-being.


Contact: Garth Hogan
American Society for Microbiology

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