Susan S. Taylor is named recipient of FASEB’s Excellence in Science Award

TaylorThe Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has named Susan S. Taylor, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and professor of pharmacology at the University of California in San Diego, as the recipient of the FASEB 2010 Excellence in Science Award. The award recognizes women whose outstanding career achievements in biological science have contributed significantly to further our understanding of a particular discipline by excellence in research.

Taylor, one of more than 50 women nominated for the prestigious award, will receive an unrestricted research grant of $10,000 sponsored by Eli Lilly and Co.

A Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, Taylor is regarded by many as the world's expert on cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA), the archetype for all the protein kinases. Her work has led to identification of functional residues important for catalysis and subunit interaction and has provided critical insight related to cAMP binding.

In 1991, Taylor and colleagues at UCSD solved the three-dimensional crystal structure of the first protein kinase – protein kinase A. The structure continues to serve as a prototype for the entire protein kinase family. In parallel, Taylor solved structures of the protein’s regulatory subunits.

She has received numerous awards, including the William C. Rose Award of the ASBMB, the Wyeth Research Chemistry Award, the Garvin-Olin Medal of the American Chemical Society and the Forefronts of Large Scale Computation Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

She was elected to the American Academy of Art and Sciences in 1992 and to both the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences in 1997.

Her scientific contributions have continued at a fast pace, having published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles. Her service contributions reflect a similar level of commitment, including service as president of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and as a mentor to medical students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty.

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