Studer wins Tabor award
for enzyme catalysis

Published December 01 2016

Studer Sabine Studer

Sabine Studer, a doctoral candidate in Donald Hilvert’s laboratory at ETH Zurich, was named the recipient of a Journal of Biological Chemistry/Herbert Tabor Young Investigator Award. Studer got the award for her work in understanding enzyme catalysis by creating de novo catalysts for unnatural substrates and reactions. “We are using a small, artificial metalloprotein, originally designed by Brian Kuhlman and colleagues, as a starting point for the laboratory evolution of proficient metalloenzymes for diverse chemical transformations,” says Studer. “Through biophysical and structural characterization of selected intermediates along the evolutionary pathway, we seek to understand how a simple metal-binding protein can be transformed into a proficient biocatalyst.”

The scientific editor at the JBC, Catherine Goodman, presented Studer with the award at the EMBO conference on chemical biology in September.

Studer grew up in Visperterminen, a small town in the Swiss Alps. Her passion for biology and chemistry led her to ETH Zurich, where she completed a master’s degree in 2012. After receiving her master’s degree, Studer interned in the area of genomic engineering at the company BASF. Following her internship, she continued her studies at ETH Zurich and currently is completing her doctoral degree. In her spare time, Studer enjoys running and skiing as well as helping out in the family vineyard.

Lee D. Gibbs Lee D. Gibbs is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas Health Science in the department of molecular and medical genetics.