Member Update

Haltiwanger to join the University of Georgia

Robert Haltiwanger Robert Haltiwanger

Robert Haltiwanger, who leads the biochemistry and cell biology department at Stony Brook University, will join the faculty of the University of Georgia as its newest Georgia Research Alliance eminent scholar. Renowned for his work on glycobiology, Haltiwanger this fall will become a member of the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center at UGA, where he will direct various studies aimed at understanding complex human diseases, including cancer, congenital heart disease and developmental disorders. Haltiwanger and his team were the first to develop small-molecule inhibitors of O-GlcNAcase that subsequently led to the development of Alzheimer’s drug candidates. Over the years, his research on glycoproteins has been supported by over $10 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society and the Mizutani Foundation for Glycoscience. Haltiwanger is editor of the journal Gycobiology.


Matthews wins Carl Brändén award

C. Robert MatthewsC. Robert Matthews

The Protein Society named C. Robert Matthews the winner of its Carl Brändén award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to protein science. Matthews, chairman of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s biochemistry department, has spearheaded important advancements in the development of methods to determine protein folding, including the chevron plot, as well as site-directed mutagenesis. His research involving kinetics, energetics and biochemistry has provided seminal insights into the mechanisms of protein structure and function. Matthews is one of seven leaders of the international protein-science community who have been honored with the Carl Brändén award. He will receive his in July in Barcelona. Matthews served as president of the Protein Society between 2003 and 2005, co-founded the Protein Folding Consortium and has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals.


In memoriam: Robert C. Nordlie

Robert C. NordlieRobert C. Nordlie

Robert C. Nordlie, a scientist who was internationally renowned for his research on glucose-6-phosphatase and blood glucose homeostasis, died Jan. 8. Originally from New London, Minn., Nordlie earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of North Dakota’s biochemistry department, which he ultimately chaired between 1983 and 2000. His scientific career, spanning almost 45 years, focused on gluconeogenic enzymology. Nordlie served on the editorial boards of Biochimica et Biophysica Acta and the Journal of Biological Chemistry, and he was the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Thomas J. Clifford Award for Excellence in Research, the Burlington Northern Faculty Scholar Award and the Edgar Dale Award. Upon Nordlie’s retirement, the university established the Robert C. Nordlie Endowment in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the endowment continues to serve as an ongoing recognition of Nordlie’s success and contributions to UND.


In memoriam: Lester J. Reed

Lester J. ReedLester J. Reed

Lester J. Reed, professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, died Jan. 14. A native of New Orleans, Reed showed an early passion for chemistry as a child. His scientific inquiry led him to pursue a B.S from Tulane University and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry — which he earned at age 21 — at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship under Nobel laureate Vincent Du Vigneaud at Cornell University, Reed joined the UT–Austin chemistry department, where he conducted groundbreaking studies on the isolation of lipoic acids and the characterization of multienzyme complexes. Reed won the prestigious American Chemical Society Eli Lilly & Co. Award in Biological Chemistry in 1958 and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Merck Award in 1994 in appreciation of his outstanding contributions. He authored more than 120 publications, mentored and guided international scholars and was a major contributor to various professional societies until his retirement in 2001 after 53 years of service to the field of science and research.


In memoriam: Jason Wolfe

Jason Wolfe Jason Wolfe

Jason Wolfe, professor emeritus at Wesleyan University, died Dec. 23. He was 73. Wolfe earned his bachelor’s from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He then completed postdoctoral fellowships at Kings College in London and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He then joined the faculty of Wesleyan, where he taught cell biology, human biology, biology of aging and the elderly, and structural biology for 39 years. Wolfe carried out research into the regulation of reproduction and aging. He is credited with leading the successful effort to win Wesleyan’s first Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant for Undergraduate Life Science Education, which supports undergraduate research.

Aditi S. Iyengar Aditi S. Iyengar earned her Ph.D. in cancer biology from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at New Orleans. She is a postdoctoral researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital, and her research focuses on the biochemical investigation of the role of full-length huntingtin protein on Huntington’s disease pathogenesis.