ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education


The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology named J. Ellis Bell of the University of Richmond the winner of its Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education. Bell, a professor of chemistry, has mentored several graduate students and dozens of undergraduates who have gone on to graduate school. He has spent his entire career making huge contributions to student education, especially in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology, where his research interests lie.

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ASBMB Young Investigator Award


Erica Ollmann Saphire, professor of immunology and microbial science at The Scripps Research Institute, is the recipient of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Young Investigator Award. Her success solving the structures of complex viruses has pushed forward the effort to develop treatments to fight Ebola and other deadly viruses.

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ASBMB–Merck Award


Zhijian “James” Chen, professor of molecular biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, won the 2015 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology-Merck Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to research in biochemistry and molecular biology.

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Avanti Award in Lipids


Karen Reue, professor and interim chair of human genetics and professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, won the Avanti Award in Lipids from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The award recognizes Reue’s novel contributions to our understanding of lipid metabolism and homeostasis.

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Bert and Natalie Vallee Award in Biomedical Science


David Eisenberg, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the second winner of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Bert and Natalie Vallee Award in Biomedical Science. Eisenberg’s research focuses primarily on protein interactions as well as the structural underpinnings for the conversion of normal proteins to the amyloid state and the conversion of prions to the infectious state.

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DeLano Award for Computational Biosciences


Vijay Pande, the mastermind behind the Folding@home project, is the 2015 DeLano Award for Computational Biosciences recipient. This award recognizes Pande, a professor of chemistry at Stanford University, for his innovative development of computational technologies that enable life-science research at the molecular level.

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Earl and Thressa Stadtman Distinguished Scientist Award


Jack E. Dixon at the University of California, San Diego, won the Earl and Thressa Stadtman Distinguished Scientist award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in recognition of his work on eukaryotic signal transduction and, in particular, reversible phosphorylation.

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Fritz Lipmann Lectureship


Rachel E. Klevit, professor of biochemistry at University of Washington, will give the Fritz Lipmann Lecture at the 2015 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting. The society issues the award every two years to recognize researchers who’ve contributed conceptual advances in biochemistry, bioenergetics or molecular biology. 

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Herbert Tabor Research Award


Joan Steitz of Yale University has won the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Herbert Tabor Research Award for her outstanding and numerous contributions to the field of RNA biology. This award honors scientists who have impacted significantly the field and the scientific community through their excellent research. Steitz is the first woman to receive this award since its inception in 2004.

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Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award


The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Public Affairs Advisory Committee awarded the Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award to U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.

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Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry


Judith Klinman of the University of California, Berkeley, won the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry for her far-reaching contributions to the field of mechanistic enzymology.

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Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award


The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology named JoAnn Trejo at the University of California, San Diego, the winner of the Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award. The award recognizes outstanding scientists who show a strong commitment to mentoring and encouraging underrepresented individuals to enter the sciences.

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Walter A. Shaw Young Investigator Award in Lipid Research


Britta Brügger of Heidelberg University is the winner of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Walter A. Shaw Young Investigator in Lipid Research Award for her work on lipid-protein interactions and lipid sorting.

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William C. Rose Award


The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has chosen Kathleen S. Matthews at Rice University as the recipient of the William C. Rose Award for her groundbreaking biophysical and biochemical research on DNA-binding proteins, particularly Escherichia coli repressor proteins and the Hox protein Ultrabithorax from Drosophila melanogaster.

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Alice and C.C. Wang Award


Alan F. Cowman, professor and head of the Division of Infection and Immunity at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia, is the recipient of the 2015 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Alice and C.C. Wang Award in Molecular Parasitology.

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