Recipient: Angelika B. Amon, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Award: Genetics Society of America Medal
Dr. Amon has uncovered key biological principles governing the cell cycle. Her work as served as a guide to scientists who study questions related controlling mitotic and meiotic cell divisions. She was the first to demonstrate a connection between the physical completion of anaphase and the initiation of mitotic exit, which is key to understanding basic cellular processes. More recently, her research has focused on the genetic consequences of aneuploidy, cells with too few or too many chromosomes, as it relates to stress responses and cancer. Although her lab primary uses yeast as a model organism, she has also studied trisomy in the mouse as a model of aneuploidy in mammals. She is well-known for being passionate about the importance of model organism research and for being an excellent mentor.
Dr. Amon is the Kathleen and Curtis Marble Professor of Cancer Research at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 2010, and is the recipient of the Ira Herskowitz Award from GSA's yeast genetics community (2012), NAS Award in Molecular Biology (2008), the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research (2007), the Alan T. Waterman Award from the National Science Foundation (2003), the Eli Lilly Young Investigator Award (2003), and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (1999). She is active in community service, with roles on several journal editorial boards, scientific advisory boards, and review committees.
The Genetics Society of America Medal, established in 1981, is awarded to an individual for outstanding contributions to the field
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