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UMass med school professor wins coveted emerging-investigator award
Date:4/7/2011

BETHESDA, Md., April 7, 2011 The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has named Job Dekker, an associate professor at University of Massachusetts Medical School, the winner of the nonprofit's Young Investigator Award. Dekker will present his award lecture, titled "Three-dimensional Folding of Genomes," at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Experimental Biology conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Dekker, a member of UMMS's program in gene function and expression in the department of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, studies chromosome structure, and he is credited with developing early in his career a suite of extremely powerful methodologies to probe the 3-D structure of chromosomes at remarkably high resolutions. Since then, he has developed a method of using deep sequencing that allows analysis of millions of chromosome interactions in parallel.

When nominating Dekker, UMMS professor and department chairman C. Robert Matthews emphasized that the methods have brought previously invisible aspects of chromosomes into view, opening an entirely new field of study.

"Job Dekker embodies all that one might expect in the next generation of leaders in science," Matthews said. "Job sees the big picture, he is very creative, he is ambitious and he gets things done."

Tom Misteli, a senior investigator and the chief of the National Cancer Institute's cell biology of genomes arm, echoed Matthews' sentiments in support of Dekker's award: "[He] is an extraordinary scientist in many ways. He is ingenious, persistent to a fault, creative and a big thinker. While many have shied away from tackling the big question of how genomes are organized in vivo, Job Dekker fearlessly and relentlessly developed a method to pursue the answer to a very big question. His work has changed how we study gene expression, and the methods he has developed will shape the way we study genomes f
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Contact: Angela Hopp
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American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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