Leroy Hood and Bernard Roizman receive National Academy of Sciences awards

The National Academy of Sciences recently honored Leroy E. Hood and Bernard Roizman for their outstanding achievements in science.


Leroy E. Hood, president and co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology and senior vice president and chief science officer at Providence St. Joseph Health, was presented with the NAS award for Chemistry in Service to Society. Established by E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, this award recognizes an individual whose contributions to chemistry have a significant impact on society.

Throughout his career, Hood has developed a variety of chemical tools that have had significant scientific impact. Hood notably helped pioneer the Human Genome Project through the development of the automated DNA sequencer.

Leroy Hood

Bernard Roizman, the Joseph Regenstein Distinguished Service professor of virology at the University of Chicago, received the Selman A. Waksman award in microbiology. Supported by the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology, this award recognizes a major innovation in the field of microbiology.

Roizman is being honored for his contributions toward understanding the mechanisms by which herpes viruses replicate and cause disease.

Hood and Roizman received their awards, each of which comes with a $20,000 prize, in April.

Bernard Roizman

In memoriam: Claude Klee

Claude Klee, a biochemist formerly with the National Institutes of Health, passed away April 3 after a heart attack. She was 85 years old.

Born in France, Klee studied at the University of Marseille, graduating in 1959. She spent more than 40 years at the NIH, beginning at the National Institute of Mental Health in 1959. In 1961, she joined the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, working alongside Herbert Tabor. She began her own lab in 1966 and later joined the laboratory of biochemistry at the National Cancer Institute in 1974, where she would stay until her retirement in 2002.

During her retirement, Klee remained active in the NIH community. A pioneering biochemist, she was highly regarded for her research in the field of calcium-binding proteins and calcium-dependent signaling.

Among her many honors, Klee received the Women in Science and Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Excellence in Science Award.

She is survived by her two children, Ann and Charles.

Claude Klee

Protein Society award winners: Hudson, Feigon, Hayer-Hartl, Kuriyan and Pagliarini

The Protein Society has recognized several members among the 2017 Protein Society award winners for their contributions toward advancing understanding of the structure, function, design and application of proteins.

Billy Hudson, the Elliott V. Newman professor of medicine and director of the Center of Matrix Biology at Vanderbilt University, has received the Carl Branden Award, bestowed on a protein scientist who has made a significant impact in the areas of education and/or service.

Among his many accomplishments, Hudson helped develop the Aspirnaut K-20 STEM Pipeline for Diversity Program, an initiative that aids and encourages underrepresented students to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Billy Hudson

Juli Feigon, professor of biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Manajit Hayer-Hartl, research group leader at the Max Planck Institute, were selected as recipients of the 2017 Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award. This honor is given to a scientist whose research in protein science has greatly influenced the understanding of biology.

Feigon is being honored for her structural analysis of the Tetrahymena telomerase complex. Her research has provided novel insight into telomere function associated with aging and cancer.

Juli Feigon

Manajit Hayer-Hartl is being honored for her research into the mechanism of GroEL and its cofactor GroES. Her research demonstrated that chaperonin profoundly influences the free-energy landscapes for some proteins.

Manajit Hayer-Hartle

John Kuriyan, professor of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, has received the Stein & Moore Award, which recognizes scientists who have sustained high-impact research contributions toward protein science.

Kuriyan contributed to the understanding of the regulation of eukaryotic cell signaling and the phenomenon of processivity in DNA repair. He also conducted significant research on the structural basis of regulating protein interactions and molecular mechanisms associated with cancer.

John Kuriyan

David Pagliarini, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has received the Protein Science Young Investigator Award, which recognizes an early-career scientist who has conducted impactful research in the understanding of proteins.

Pagliarini’s research has greatly increased knowledge of mitochondrial protein function.

The awards are given out at the 31st Annual Symposium of the Protein Society, held in July.

David Pagliarini

Noah Hamlish selected as US representative to Youth Ag-Summit

Noah Hamlish has been selected as one of five United States representatives at the 2017 Youth Ag-Summit.

The Youth Ag-Summit is a forum for young leaders to discuss and identify innovative solutions to challenges presented by global food security.

Hamlish is a Thomas J. Watson Fellow researching aquaculture practices in Thailand, Indonesia, New Zealand, Chile, Norway and Scotland. He received a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry and molecular biology from Wesleyan University.

The 2017 Youth Ag-Summit will take place in Brussels, Belgium, where Hamlish will join an international delegation of 100 individuals from 49 countries to address global food security issues.

Noah Hamlish

Wesley Sundquist receives Rosenblatt Prize

Wesley Sundquist, distinguished professor of biochemistry at the University of Utah, received the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence.

This prize, the most prestigious faculty award at the University of Utah, recognizes an exceptional faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the university in teaching, research and/or administrative efforts.

Sundquist has resided at the University of Utah for 25 years. Since 2009, Sundquist has served as co-chair of the department of biochemistry, which he has helped grow and develop.

Sundquist is highly respected for his research into HIV replication and fundamental processes in cell biology and has made numerous publications throughout his career.

The award was established in 1983 in honor of Nathan and Tillie Rosenblatt and carries a $40,000 prize.

Wesley Sundquist Photo courtesy of the
University of Utah

In memoriam: George Taborsky

Biochemist George Taborsky passed away peacefully June 3, 2016, following a long illness. He was 88.

Taborsky was born in Budapest, Hungary, on February 12, 1928. He left Hungary at the end of World War II and resided as a refugee in Salzburg, Austria, before coming to the United States in 1949 on a full scholarship from Brown University.

Taborsky graduated from Brown with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 1951 and obtained his doctorate from Yale in 1956. He subsequently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship from the Carlsberg Foundation in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Taborsky returned to Yale as an instructor, joining the department of biochemistry before ultimately joining the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1970, where he would stay for the rest of his career.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Eva Taborsky; his sister Theresa; and two children, Andrea and Peter.

George Taborsky

Caitlyn Bowman receives Paul Talalay Award

Caitlyn Bowman, a junior researcher in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is being honored with the Paul Talalay Award.

Bowman conducts her research in the laboratory of her mentor, Michael Wolfgang, associate professor of biological chemistry at Johns Hopkins. Her research focuses on genetics and biochemistry, seeking to understand how cells and organisms get energy from food.

The award is named in honor of Paul Talalay, the John Jacob Abel Distinguished Service professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences at Johns Hopkins.

Bowman is one of 15 researchers being honored at Hopkins’ annual Young Investigators Day ceremony, which recognizes both outstanding young researchers and their mentors.

Caitlyn Bowman

Erik Chaulk Erik Chaulk is a peer-review coordinator and digital publications web specialist at the ASBMB.