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Published November 01 2017

Hall wins Lasker Basic Medical Research award

Michael N. Hall, professor of biochemistry at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, has received the 2017 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research award.

Hall was recognized for his discoveries related to the nutrient-activated TOR proteins and their central role in the metabolic control of cell growth.

The Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research award is given to a scientist who makes a fundamental discovery that opens up a new area of biomedical science. It carries a $250,000 prize.

This award is one of several that comprise the Lasker awards program, established in 1945 by Albert and Mary Lasker to highlight significant biological and clinical research that improves human health.

Michael N. Hall

Blair receives ACS Founders Award

Ian A. Blair has received the 2017 Founders Award from the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Toxicology. An expert in the use of mass spectrometry, Blair was honored for his outstanding research in chemical toxicology.

Blair has used mass spectrometry to identify biomarkers for carcinogenesis, cardiovascular disease and neurodegeneration. He also has used mass spectrometry to develop the technique of electron capture atmospheric pressure chemical ionization, which allows for high-sensitivity quantitative analyses of chiral biomolecules.

Blair is the A.N. Richards professor of pharmacology and director of the Center for Cancer Pharmacology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

He received the award during a symposium held in his honor in August at the ACS national meeting.

Ian A. Blair

In memoriam: Neil Madsen

Neil B. Madsen, emeritus professor of biochemistry at the University of Alberta, passed away of natural causes March 22. He was 89.

Madsen was born Feb. 8, 1928, in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, to Anders and Rose Madsen. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Alberta in 1950 and 1952, respectively, before obtaining his Ph.D. from Washington University in 1956.

Madsen joined the faculty at the University of Alberta’s department of chemistry in 1962. He stayed there for more than 30 years before retiring in 1993.

Madsen’s research focused on the study of enzymes. Along with Robert Fletterick, Madsen discovered the structure of the enzyme glycogen phosphorylase. He also contributed research to a glycogen-debranching enzyme.

Madsen was president of the Canadian Society of Biological Sciences and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Among his many accolades, Madsen received the Queen’s Silver Jubilee medal as well as the Order of Canada.

He is survived by his sisters, Jean and Elizabeth; daughter, Maureen; and son, Ian.

Neil B. Madsen

Jarosz named Vallee Scholar

Daniel Jarosz, assistant professor in the departments of chemical and systems biology and developmental biology at Stanford University, has been selected as a 2017 Vallee Scholar.

Supported by the Bert L. and N. Kuggie Vallee Foundation, the Vallee Scholars Program recognizes early-career scientists who demonstrate the ability to contribute significant and innovative research in the biomedical sciences.

Jarosz founded an independent research group at Stanford in 2013, where his research explores the molecular mechanisms that contribute to robustness and evolvability.

Jarosz completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington and received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed postdoctoral training at the Whitehead Institute.

The award provides $250,000 in discretionary funding for basic biomedical research.

Daniel Jarosz

Charpentier, Doudna share Albany med center prize

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna are among five scientists who will share the 2017 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research for their roles in developing CRISPR-Cas9.

CRISPR-Cas9 is a gene-editing technology that has revolutionized the field of genetics, allowing geneticists and researchers to modify specific parts of the genome.

Awarded since 2001, the Albany Medical Center Prize goes to a scientist or group of scientists whose research has contributed to advances in health care and scientific research. It carries a $500,000 award and is one of the largest prizes in medicine and science in the U.S.

CRISPR-Cas9 has shown the potential to aid in development of therapeutic treatments for a variety of diseases. This new technology has been praised for its simplicity, efficiency and versatility in gene engineering.

Charpentier is director of the department of regulation in infection biology at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin. Doudna is a professor of molecular and cell biology and chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.

Emmanuelle Charpentier
Jennifer Doudna

Curnutte joins board of Pliant Therapeutics

John Curnutte, executive vice president of research and development at Portola Pharmaceuticals, has been named to the board of directors at Pliant Therapeutics Inc.

At Portola, Curnutte leads the company’s research and development initiatives. He previously served as chief executive officer of 3-V Biosciences and as president at Schering-Plough Biopharma.

Curnutte received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School.

Pliant Therapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing treatments for fibrotic diseases through the therapeutic application of integrin biology and TGF-beta modulation.

Curnutte will use his leadership experience in biotechnology to help guide Pliant Therapeutics in its efforts to develop new medicines to aid fibrosis patients.

John Curnutte

New ASBMB Members

Aushinie M. Abeynayake, California State University, Northridge

Hani Abukar, Hamline University

Harini Adepuh, Stockton University

Tariq Ahmad, Colby College

Adolfo Amici, Università Politecnica delle Marche

Wing Ngor Shannon Au, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Armita Azarpanah, Long Island University, Brooklyn

Tracey Bailey, The Scripps Research Institute

Ayan Banerjee, Emory University

Nika Beck, Stockton University

LeJuan Berry, Lane College

Onika Bishop, Albion College

Fady Botros, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Kyle Boulanger, Grand View University

Deanna Meredith Bowman, The University of Akron

Morgan Bradford, Hamline University

Hannah Brennan, College of the Holy Cross

Sean T. Bresnahan, University of Nebraska–Omaha

Eric Camerer, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale

Alexandra Cawood, College of the Holy Cross

Kari L. Chesney, University of Missouri

Robert Chitren, Stockton University

Danny Hung–Chieh Chou, University of Utah

Jendaya Christmas, Alabama A&M University

Andrew Chua, Stockton University

Matthew A. Coleman, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory/ University of California at Davis

Owen Conroy, College of the Holy Cross

Miranda Czymek, Stockton University

Samantha Devane, College of the Holy Cross

Zerick Dill, Albion College

Andrew L. Dillon, Providence College

Daniel Do, Stockton University

Kaitlyn R. Dobbins, Furman University

Amanda Nicolle Duplan, Grand View University

Subhajit Dutta, School of Biotechnology, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University

Fathma F. Elgaydi, Kennesaw State University

Michael Emanuele, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sergio M. Encarnación–Guevara, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Patrick Exconde, College of the Holy Cross

John Favate, Rutgers University

Steven Daniel Fenster, Fort Lewis College

Michelle Ferreir, Stockton University

Francis K. Fordjour,Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Laura M. Frackiewicz, Providence College

Sheetal Gandotra, Council of Scientfic & Industrial Research- Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology

Joshua Garlich, Medical College of Wisconsin

Erin Garner, University of Missouri–St. Louis

Sakshi Gautam, Texas Tech University

Ashley Gayle, Lane College

Shena Geisinger, Grand View University

Anne Gershenson, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Hodd Gorman, Hamline University

Katsiaryna Hanich, Stockton University

Aliah Harris, Lane College

Rebekah S. Henneborn, Kennesaw State University

Andrew Hexum, Hamline University

Kristin K. Hoddy, The University of Chicago

Janasha Hood, Lane College

vAndrew Intelli, Stockton University

Doba D. Jackson, Huntingdon College

Kimberly Jackson, Spelman College

Pri Kahn, Albion College

Sahel Kalkatechi, California State University, Northridge

Taylor Karns, Albion College

Sonthavy Kem, Stockton University

Jayoung Kim, Cedars–Sinai Medical Center

Mark Kleven, Oregon Health & Science University

Alex Kui, College of the Holy Cross

Emilie Laik, Hamline University

Monica Renee Langley, Mayo Clinic

Wai Suet Lee, Institute for Glycomics

Yang Li, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Jamie Loughlin, Stockton University

Esther Lubzens, Technion

Chao Ma, University of South Florida

Tierra Mabone, Lane College

Sandra Manzo, University of California, Davis

Christopher H. Mauney, Wake Forest University

Christie R. McTigue, Providence College

Seann Meyer, Stockton University

Maddie Mickelson, Hamline University

John Miller, University of Texas Medical Branch

Ana Cristina de Oliveira Monteiro–Moreira,University of Fortaleza

Carol Moser, Oxford College of Emory University

Kathryn Mullins, Albion College

Duuluu Naranbat, Albion College

Clarissa Navarro, University of New Hampshire

Kathleen Ngo, Stockton University

Tien K. Nguyen, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Robin Nolan, Stockton University

Ninad Oak, Baylor College of Medicine

Mmesoma Okafor, Mississippi State University

Brooke Owens, Stockton University

Luca Palazzo, University of Oxford

Rebekah J. Park, Cedars–Sinai Medical Center

Katie Pelham, Skidmore College

Taylor Pels, College of the Holy Cross

Ursula Perez–Salas, University of Illinois

San Pham, Albion College

Marah Ranger, Albion College

Kelsey Ranneklev, Hamline University

Madeline Reding, Hamline University

Sarah Roberts, Providence College

Cache Robinson, California State University, Northridge

Catherine Rojas, Stockton University

Photis Rotsides, Stockton University

Amissi Sadiki, Northeastern University

Siddhartha S. Saha, Indiana University

Emily Samuels, University of Maryland, College Park

John-Demian Sauer, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Michelle Schmitz, Stockton University

Emilie Scott, College of the Holy Cross

Angamuthu Selvapandiyan, Jamia Hamdard

Jessica Semac, Texas A&M University

Brij Shah, Stockton University

Puja Sharma, California State University, Northridge

Natalia Shcherbik, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Yoshihiro Shidoji, University of Nagasaki

Elizabeth Sisko, College of the Holy Cross

Mike Slaza, Stockton University

Taylor Smith, Stockton University

Byeongwoon Song, Meharry Medical College

Benjamin Soto, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Joseph Stallone, Providence College

Matthew Stander, Albion College

Shankar Suman, Meharry Medical College

Jonathan Tadros, Stockton University

Catherine Taragnat,Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique

Lexus Tatge, Hamline University

Silvia Toledo, Hamline University

Angel U. Troncoso Garcia, Florida Institute of Technology

Rachel Utterback, The University of Arizona

Daniel Omar Valenzuela Sr. , University Xochicalco

Nathan L. Vanderford, University of Kentucky

Ramesh Kumar Varadharajan, Sathyabama University

Jonathan Velasco, Albion College

Clara Wagner, Albion College

Xu Wang, Arizona State University

Micaiah Ward, Florida State University

Natalie Warner, Stockton University

Amanda Wibben, College of the Holy Cross

Robert Wilkins, Lane College

Nicole Woodhead, Albion College

Rathanack R. Yi, University of Rhode Island

Chenlu Yu, University of Freiburg

Chengtian Zhao, Ocean University of China

Yu Zhao, Dartmouth College

Yang Zhou, University of Arizona

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