Navigation Links
Yale scientist wins inaugural ASBMB award for her work on regulation of gene expression
Date:12/28/2011

ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 22, 2011 The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has named Elisabetta Ullu, professor of internal medicine and cell biology at the Yale University School of Medicine, the winner of the society's inaugural Alice and C.C. Wang award.

Ullu received the award, named after an internationally recognized researcher in parasitology, for her laboratory's work with the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma brucei, which causes African sleeping sickness, to uncover a novel mechanism of gene silencing known as RNA interference.

While working on RNA synthesis and processing pathways in T. brucei, Ullu hit upon the phenomenon of RNA interference (RNAi), in which small, noncoding RNA molecules, rather than proteins, regulate gene expression. Ullu's discovery of RNAi "made a revolution in the ability to investigate the function of genes in parasites," said Shulamit Michaeli from the Israel Science Foundation in supporting her nomination. The importance of RNAi as a biological phenomenon was cemented in 2006, when the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded to Andrew Fire and Craig Mello for describing the process in roundworm nematodes.

Award namesake C.C. Wang praised Ullu's selection. "I think Elisabetta is a fantastic choice and an ideal recipient of the award from the eyes of my wife Alice and myself," he said.

The society's president, Suzanne Pfeffer, concurred. "Elisabetta Ullu is exactly the kind of recipient the society had in mind when this award was established by Alice and C. C. Wang. Her work has made, and will continue to make, extraordinary contributions to the fundamental principles of molecular parasitology."

A native of Italy, Ullu received her Ph.D. from the University of Rome in 1973. She continued worked at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, before taking a position at Yale University in 1984, where she has been ever since.

Ullu will receive her award during the Experimental Biology 2012 conference in San Diego, where she will deliver an award lecture. The presentation will take place at 3:45 p.m. April 22 in the San Diego Convention Center.

The Alice and C.C. Wang award aims to recognize established investigators who are making seminal contributions to the field of molecular parasitology, focusing in particular on novel and significant discoveries on the biology of parasitic organisms. The award's namesake, Ching Chung "C.C." Wang, is a professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of California, San Francisco. Professor Wang has made key contributions to the understanding of the biology of many pathogenic protozoa. The award consists of $35,000 for use by the recipient's research laboratory, a plaque and travel expenses for the recipient to attend and speak at the ASBMB annual meeting at EB2012.


'/>"/>

Contact: Geoff Hunt
ghunt@asbmb.org
240-283-6626
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Scripps Research scientists discover a brain cell malfunction in schizophrenia
2. Sea snails help scientists explore a possible way to enhance memory
3. Penn scientists pioneer new method for watching proteins fold
4. UC Riverside scientists release natural enemy of Asian citrus psyllid
5. Purdue scientists reveal how bacteria build homes inside healthy cells
6. Scientists identify an innate function of vitamin E
7. Kessler Foundation neuroscientist Jordan Grafman receives Humboldt Research Award
8. Chinese scientists announce the first complete sequencing of Mongolian genome
9. Gladstone scientist Deepak Srivastava named fellow of the AAAS
10. Tool enables scientists to uncover patterns in vast data sets
11. Scientists discover second-oldest gene mutation
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Yale scientist wins inaugural ASBMB award for her work on regulation of gene expression
(Date:6/22/2016)... ANGELES , June 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... identity management and verification solutions, has partnered ... edge software solutions for Visitor Management, Self-Service ... provides products that add functional enhancements ... partnership provides corporations and venues with an ...
(Date:6/21/2016)... 21, 2016 NuData Security announced today that ... of principal product architect and that Jon ... customer development. Both will report directly to ... moves reflect NuData,s strategic growth in its product ... customer demand and customer focus values. ...
(Date:6/16/2016)... SAN FRANCISCO , June 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... Market size is expected to reach USD ... report by Grand View Research, Inc. Technological proliferation ... and banking applications are expected to drive the ... ) , The development of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/9/2016)... MA (PRWEB) , ... December 09, 2016 , ... Aditya ... that in addition to Australia, Europe, and the United States, Axiomed is now gaining ... assure interest in this technology." , Mr. Humad went on to say that, “We ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... India , December 9, 2016 According ... & Services (Primer, Probe, Custom, Predesigned, Reagent Equipment), Application (Research, PCR, ... Forecasts to 2021" published by MarketsandMarkets, the global market is expected ... in 2016, at a CAGR of 10.6% during the forecast period. ... ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... From wearable ... is taking over sports. On Thursday, December 15th a panel of entrepreneurs, innovators ... the playing field at a Smart Talk session. Smart Talk will run from ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... and CARDIFF, UK (PRWEB) , ... December 08, ... ... very high precision light to control cells — optogenetics — is key to ... current state of the art, spatially patterned light projected via free-space optics stimulates ...
Breaking Biology Technology: