Navigation Links
Cell biologist Daniel Gottschling elected to National Academy of Sciences
Date:5/3/2011

SEATTLE Cell biologist Daniel Gottschling, Ph.D., a member of the Basic Sciences Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences. Election to NAS is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.

"I am flattered and honored to be recognized by my scientific peers," said Gottschling, who will be inducted into the Academy next April during its 149th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. "I have been fortunate to have spent most of my life among family and friends who have supported my scientific curiosity and colleagues who have shared my passion to pursue it."

Gottschling, the eighth Hutchinson Center researcher to be elected to NAS, was among 72 new members elected today, bringing the total number of current active members to 2,113. The Academy's renowned members have included Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright and Alexander Graham Bell. More than 180 NAS members have won Nobel Prizes.

Gottschling has discovered genes that are critically important in different facets of chromosome biology, including a landmark finding that initiated the genetic analysis of telomerase. Telomerase is an enzyme that, if activated in a cell, will cause the cell to become immortal and continue to grow and divide. This "immortal cell" theory is important in two areas of research: aging and cancer.

He has studied yeast cells for clues to the molecular underpinnings of life clues that he hopes will have parallels in humans. Recently, he has been using this model organism to understand the relationship between cancer and aging a problem that has long vexed biologists.

Gottschling was inspired to study the connection between aging and cancer after learning some startling statistics: A person's risk of developing cancer starts to increase exponentially around age 40. By age 55, men have a 50 percent chance and women have a 33 percent chance of acquiring some form of the disease. Gottschling and colleagues study yeast to determine whether a fundamental process exists in all cells as they get older that might explain the increased incidence of cancer.

"Dan's work opened the door to understanding how the activity of a gene can be influenced by its 'neighborhood' and founded a novel field of study that has implications for understanding cancer and aging," said fellow NAS member Mark Groudine, M.D., Ph.D., Hutchinson Center deputy director and former director of the Center's Basic Sciences Division. "Moreover, Dan is a consummate scientist who cares deeply about science and is a wonderful colleague and mentor."

This is not the first time Gottschling has been honored by the NAS; in 1995 he received the National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology. In 2010 he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He is also a former Pew Scholar, Fletcher Scholar of the Cancer Research Foundation, Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar, and a recipient of the Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging.

Gottschling received his Ph.D. in 1984 from the University of Colorado at Boulder and spent five years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Hutchinson Center before joining the Molecular, Genetic and Cell Biology faculty at the University of Chicago in 1989. He joined the Hutchinson Center's Basic Sciences Division in 1996 and in 2001 became an affiliate professor of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine.


'/>"/>

Contact: Kristen Woodward
kwoodwar@fhcrc.org
206-667-5095
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. In time for spring, biologist illuminates how seedlings regulate growth
2. Tufts biologists find another clue to the origins of degenerative diseases
3. MIT biologists pinpoint a genetic change that helps tumors move to other parts of the body
4. Biologists discover control center for sperm production
5. National Academy of Sciences honors microbiologists for major scientific contributions
6. Biologists, educators recognize excellence in evolution education
7. Caltech biologists discover microRNAs that control function of blood stem cells
8. U. Iowa biologists publish findings on cell interactions
9. Physicists help biologists to understand protein folding
10. Dr. Daniel Ronel is one of the First in the U.S. to Offer Tickle Lipo™
11. Health Leader of the Year for 2010 - U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San ... Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from ... adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils and honing their writing ... which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic counselor by nominating him ... Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. , In April, Genome ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... is proud to recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as a prominent plastic surgeon ... beautiful women in the world, and the most handsome men, look naturally attractive. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Strategic ... Frederick area economy by obtaining investment capital for emerging technology companies. SCP ... that have already resulted in more than a million dollars of capital investment ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Venture Construction Group (VCG) ... held on June 20th at the Woodmont Country Club at 1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville, ... dedicated to helping service members that have been wounded in battle and their families. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... Ill. and BOGOTA, Colombia , June 23, 2016  Astellas today announced the establishment ... Astellas Farma Brasil as the company,s second affiliate in Latin America . ... ... General Manager of Astellas Farma Colombia ... ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 The vast majority ... outpatient dialysis facility.  Treatments are usually 3 times a ... per visit, including travel time, equipment preparation and wait ... but especially grueling for patients who are elderly and ... skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers for some duration of ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... The Biotechnology industry might still ... great opportunities to investors. Stock-Callers.com assesses the recent performances ... XON ), Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... ARNA ), and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... your complimentary trade alerts at: http://stock-callers.com/registration ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: