The 2012 Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science has been awarded to Yale University professor Joan Steitz, Ph.D., whose pioneering work has helped reveal and clarify the complexities of RNA and the roles that RNA molecules play in health and disease.
The prize, established by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2006, honors nationally and internationally known women scientists who have "a stellar record of research accomplishments" and who have contributed significantly to the mentorship of other women in science.
Prize winners receive a $25,000 honorarium, visit Vanderbilt to meet with faculty and deliver a Discovery Lecture, and serve as mentors to women who are pursuing graduate studies in the biomedical sciences at the School of Medicine.
Steitz, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Yale Medical School, will receive the prize on May 2, 2013, when she is scheduled to give a Flexner Discovery Lecture.
"This is our seventh Vanderbilt Prize," said Susan Wente, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for Research and senior associate dean for Biomedical Sciences at Vanderbilt. "This very innovative prize communicates the explicit value Vanderbilt places on discovery research, mentoring, and women scientists.
"Dr. Steitz's career-long commitment to advancing opportunities for women in science speaks to the purpose of the Prize perfectly," Wente added. "She joins an amazing cohort of former Vanderbilt Prize winners, many of whom found her groundbreaking efforts inspirational to their own careers."
For example, Nancy Andrews, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the Duke University School of Medicine and winner of the 2010 Vanderbilt Prize, worked in the Steitz lab as an undergraduate.
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