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Published January 01 2018

Tauro wins first place for undergrad research

Marymount Manhattan College student Tracy Tauro won a first place award at the 20th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She won first place in biochemistry and molecular biology for her presentation, “In silico exploration of the mechanism of translesion synthesis by DinB.”

Tauro, a double major in dance and biomedical sciences and a member of the school’s ASBMB student chapter, has been doing research on the protein DinB (short for DNA polymerase IV) under the supervision of Benedetta Sampoli Benitez, a chemistry and biochemistry professor, over the past year.

The competition drew more than 250 students from 45 universities, showcasing novel student research in the chemical and biological sciences. Tauro will present additional research at the 2018 ASBMB Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the Experimental Biology conference in April in San Diego.

Tracey Tauro

In memoriam: Milton J. Schlesinger

Milton J. Schlesinger, professor emeritus of molecular microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, passed away Oct. 27 at the age of 89. Schlesinger studied physics at Yale University, graduating in 1951. He earned an M.S. in biophysics from the University of Rochester in 1953 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Michigan in 1959.

Schlesinger worked as a research associate at the University of Michigan and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the faculty at Washington University in 1964, where he stayed for the rest of his career. He was named professor emeritus in 1999.

Schlesinger was a professor in the departments of microbiology and molecular microbiology at Washington. He did research on viral assembly and replication, authoring nearly 200 papers and books throughout his career.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sondra.

Milton J. Schlesinger

AAMC’s Nickens Award goes to Vanderbilt’s Hill

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine professor emeritus George C. Hill is the 2017 winner of the Herbert W. Nickens award.

Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Nickens award recognizes an individual who has promoted justice in medical education and health care equality in the United States.

Hill has spent his career supporting diversity in higher education. He was associate dean for diversity in medical education at Vanderbilt from 2002 to 2011. In 2015, he was appointed as the first vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion; he retired from that position in July.

Hill is a decorated microbiologist whose research explores the molecular biology and biochemistry of African trypanosomiasis.

He received the award, which includes a $10,000 prize, in November at AAMC’s annual meeting.

George C. Hill

American Heart Association honors Temple’s Koch

Walter J. Koch, professor and chair of pharmacology and director of the Center for Translational Medicine at Temple University’s Katz School of Medicine, received the 2017 Basic Research Prize from the American Heart Association.

With a $5,000 award, the prize recognizes an individual who has contributed significant research in cardiovascular science.

According to the association, Koch was recognized “for basic cardiovascular studies that have identified novel molecular targets for treating heart failure and advanced prospective therapy to the doorstep of clinical trials.”

He received the prize in November.

Walter J. Koch

Pufall shares Dorfman award

Miles Pufall, assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Iowa, has won the Donald D. Dorfman Research Award.

Presented by the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the university, the award recognizes the most significant research paper in the study of leukemia or lymphoma.

Honored for his paper, “Suppression of B-cell development genes is key to glucocorticoid efficacy in treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia,” Pufall received a $10,000 prize.

The Dorfman award usually recognizes a single individual, but the 2017 award also went to Han-Hui Xue, a UI microbiology professor, for a separate paper.

Miles Pufall

12 members named ASCB fellows

Twelve American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology members are among the 67 new fellows appointed by the American Society for Cell Biology. To be eligible to become an ASCB fellow, a person must be an ASCB member for at least 10 years and have a significant impact in the field of cell biology.

Congratulations to the following members:

Raymond Deshaies, California Institute of Technology/Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Scott Emr, Cornell University
Marilyn Farquhar, University of California, San Diego
Carol Greider, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Susan Gerbi, Brown University
Erika Holzbaur, University of Pennsylvania
Thoru Pederson, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Suzanne Pfeffer, Stanford University
Martin Schwartz, Yale University School of Medicine
Zu-Hang Sheng, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Jeremy Thorner, University of California, Berkeley
Kenneth Yamada, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

In memoriam: Bruce Murray Anderson

Former Virginia Tech University biochemistry professor Bruce Murray Anderson passed away Oct. 29. He was 88.

Born in Detroit, Anderson attended Ursinus College, graduating with a B.S. in chemistry in 1953. He earned an M.S. in biochemistry from Purdue University in 1954 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University in 1958.

Anderson held several academic positions throughout his career, beginning as an assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He also served on the faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

In 1982, Anderson settled at Virginia Tech, where he remained for the rest of his career. He served as professor in the department of biochemistry until becoming professor emeritus in 1999.

He is survived by his daughters, Marcia Anne and Nancy Louise, and his son, David Bruce.

Bruce Murray Anderson

In memoriam: Leonard E. Mortenson

Leonard E. Mortenson passed away at his home in Willow Street, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 30. He was 89.

Born in Melrose, Massachusetts, Mortenson studied microbiology and chemistry at Rhode Island State College, graduating in 1950. He earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in bacterial biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Mortenson held a research position at DuPont from 1954 to 1961 before joining the faculty at Purdue University, where he stayed until 1981. He later took positions at the Exxon Research Engineering Company and on the faculty at the University of Georgia.

Mortenson was highly respected for his research, which focused on bacterial nitrogen fixation. He received the Hoblitzelle National Medal and Award for the discovery of ferredoxin.

Among his many honors, Mortenson was elected as a corresponding member of the French Academy of Sciences in 1965 and a fellow of the American Institute of Chemists in 1968.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia.

Leonard E. Mortenson

21 members elected as AAAS fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has elected 21 members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as fellows for distinguished scientific achievement during their careers. Chosen by their peers, these members have demonstrated outstanding achievements in scientific research, education or leadership.

The AAAS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of science through enhancing communication among scientists as well as promoting scientific education and policy. These new fellows will be recognized at the AAAS annual meeting in February.

Congratulations to the following ASBMB members, listed by section affiliation:

Agriculture, food and renewable resources

Autar K. Mattoo, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service Biological sciences
David A. Bernlohr, University of Minnesota
James J. Champoux, University of Washington
John A. Cooper, Washington University in St. Louis
David Cortez, Vanderbilt University

Biological sciences

David A. Bernlohr, University of Minnesota
James J. Champoux, University of Washington
John A. Cooper, Washington University in St. Louis
David Cortez, Vanderbilt University
Sudhansu K. Dey, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center/University of Cincinnati
Iqbal Hamza, University of Maryland
Reuben Stewart Harris, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and University of Minnesota
Gail P. Jarvik, University of Washington Medical Center
D. Borden Lacy, Vanderbilt University
Tomas A. Lindahl, The Francis Crick Institute (UK)
Yoshinuri Ohsumi, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
John W. Peters, Washington State University
K. Sandeep Prabhu, Pennsylvania State University
Johannes Frederik Gerardus (Hans) Vliegenthart, Utrecht University (Netherlands)

Medical sciences

Blossom Andrea Damania, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Richard L. Gallo, University of California, San Diego
Anil K. Rustgi, University of Pennsylvania


Marvin H. Caruthers, University of Colorado Boulder
Jung-Ja Park Kim, Medical College of Wisconsin
Susan T. Weintraub, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

New ASBMB members


Yamilex Acevedo–Sánchez, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüéz
Olubisi Adeyi, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
Ashraf Ahmad
Femi Alakija, Stephen F. Austin State University
Karlbuto Alexandre, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Aktan Alpsoy, Purdue University
Abdulraof Alqrache, King Abdulaziz University
Jordan Alvarez, Skidmore College
Yukitomo Arao, National Institutes of Health
Cheryl Arrowsmith, University of Toronto
Allison C. Augustus–Wallace, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans 
Bolatito Ayo–Lawal, Worldwide Commercial Ventures Limited
Ryan Baker, UWorld
Jackson Baumgartner, San Francisco State University
Stephen Bell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Morris Birnbaum, Pfizer
Douglas Borchman, University of Louisville
Daniel Bouvard, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Harrison Bracey, Texas State University
Joel Brind, Baruch College, City University of New York
Amanda Casey, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Mingzhu Cai, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Nicholas Cairl, University of Toledo
Brandaise Callahan, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Elaine Camacho–Hernandez, University of Puerto Rico at Ponce
Kelly Chacón, Reed College
Jeannine Chan, Pacific University
Stephanie Chaousis, Griffith University
Kelsey Chen, University of California, Santa Barbara
Keming Chen, Lanzhou General Hospital
Andrew Christofferson, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
Hak Suk Chung, Korea Institute of Science and Technology
Jens Coorssen, Brock University
Zaida Cordero–MacIntyre, Loma Linda University
Garland Crawford, Mercer University
April Darling, University of South Florida
Matthew de Cruz, University of Southern Mississippi
Alejandro De Santiago Perez, University of California, Riverside
Alexandra Deaconescu, Brown University
Magdalena Delgado, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Michael Detweiler, Boise State University
Valentina Di Biase, Medical University of Innsbruck
Jacqueline Drak, Bellevue College
Francesca Duncan, Northwestern University
Steven Eastlack, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Brandon Eckert, Texas A & M
Lisa Eshun–Wilson, University of California, Berkeley
Emily Fakhoury, University of Miami
Pengxiang Fan, Michigan State University
Rangina Farhad, University of New Mexico
Jessica Fernandez, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Emily Fogle, California Polytechnic State University
Luis Garbinski, Florida International University
Bishal Gautam, University of California, Santa Barbara
Tana Gazdik, Boise State University
Zach Goode, University of Oregon
Natalie Goto, University of Ottawa
Shannon Grossman, University of California, Santa Barbara
Qiang Guo, Michigan State University
Barnita Haldar, University of South Alabama
Marlin Halim, California State University, East Bay
Shelby Havel, Boise State University
Siran He, Emory University
Samanthi Herath Gedara, BASi
Genaro Hernandez, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Ethan Higginbotham, Marshall University
Maryam Honarbakhsh, Rutgers University
Elham Honarvarfard, Clarkson University
Mandi Hopkins, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Ronggui Hu, Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Wei Huang, Southwest University
Ankita Bachhawat Jaykumar, University of Texas Southwestern
Miji Jeon, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Vikash Jha, University of Western Ontario
Yuxuan Jiang, Western University
William Johnson, Oklahoma State University
Seba Kaakeh, Purdue University
Anja Karlstaedt, University of Texas Health Science Center
Jennifer Kavran, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Sobhi Kazmouz, Monmouth College
Megan Keniry, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Soochi Kim, Seoul National University Hospital
Derrick Kolling, Marshall University
Eric Kuhn, Wayne State University
Bryce LaFoya, Boise State University
Lindsey Lamarche, Brandeis University
Audrie Langlais, University of New England
Kathryn Lawson, Midwestern University
Christophe Le Clainche, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Ming-Fen Lee, Chang Jung Christian University
Kresten Lindorff–Larsen, University of Copenhagen
Hongjiang Liu, University of California, Los Angeles
Xu Liu, Emory University
Sandra Loesgen, Oregon State University
Kimberly Long, Texas State University
Fei Lu, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School
Weibo Luo, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Erica Lyons, Wake Forest University
Chitaranjan Mahapatra, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Xiangying Mao, Purdue University
Maryangie Martinez Casillas, University of Puerto Rico at Ponce
Ana Martins, University of California, Berkeley
Chanel Matney, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Mike Matthes, San Diego State University
Heather Mayes, University of Michigan
Christina McGuire, Tufts University Sackler School
Lauren McLester–Davis, Lawrence University
Sarah McMillan, Bradley University
Geraldo Medrano, Texas State University
Ady Melendez Molina, New Mexico State University
Kazunori Mizuno, Nippi Research Institute of Biomatrix
Joan Montaner, Vall d'Hebron Institut de Recerca
Pavitra Murali, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Jonathan Musila, Johns Hopkins University
Karthik Nadendla, University of Missouri–Kansas City
Anita Nag, Furman University
Deepika Nambiar, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Madhavan Narayanan, Mercy College
Matthew Nebiyou, Towson University
Xuan Nguyen, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati
Emily Niedziela, Bay Path University
Wilson Nieves, Stony Brook University
Nour Noaman, Western Sydney University
Lorena Novoa–Aponte, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Nicole Oberlie, Bradley University
Shola Oketade, Oando Marketing PLC
Ifeoma Okpara, Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund
Charlotta Olofsson, Gothenburg University
Ayomide Oloyede, University of New Mexico
Angely Ortiz, University of Puerto Rico at Ponce
Natali Ozber, Pennsylvania State University
Sarah Paul, Cornell University
Zachary Pavolic, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Christopher Pecille, Florida Atlantic University
Alexandru Plesa, Harvard University
Richard Plunkett, University of British Columbia
Zachary Poss, University of Colorado
Nicole Purcell, University of California, San Diego
Adua Rahman, Tennessee Technological University
Paul Ramsland, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
Nicole Raniszewski, University of Delaware
Kongara Rao, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Savanna Ratky, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Natalie Ricciardi, University of Miami
Amalia Rivera Reyes, University of Puerto Rico at Ponce
Dormarie Rivera Rodriguez, University of Puerto Rico at Ponce
Rebecca Rodell, Cornell University
Valerie Rodriguez–Irizarry, University of Puerto Rico – Ponce
Elodie Roussarie, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Thusitha Rupasinghe, Metabolomics Australia, The University of Melbourne
Brooke Seamans, Rochester Institute of Technology
Mark Shaaya, University of Illinois at Chicago
Spencer Shelton, Texas State University
Sumangala Shetty, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School – Rutgers University
Xingyi Shi, Denison University
Lisa Shock, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dan Sillence, De Montfort University
Daniela Simcikova, Charles University in Prague
Shannon Skalecki, University of Michigan–Flint
Tatiana Soares da Costa, La Trobe University
Sathish Srinivasan, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Anjana Srivatsan, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
David Steger, University of Pennsylvania
Kimberly Stieglitz, Roxbury Community College
Mackenzie Storm, Kutztown University
Chun-Li Su, National Taiwan Normal University
Hairui Su, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Sreedhar Reddy Suthe, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Samantha Telvi, Universidad del Este
Ba-Bie Teng, University of Texas Health Science Center
Priti Thakur, University of Cincinnati
Taoran Tian, Sichuan University
Jimmy Trinh, Texas A&M University
Matt Trudeau, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Sujatha Valluri, Fiji National University
Samuel Van Horn, Columbus State University
Nimi Vashi, National Institute of Immunology
Sean Walden, Hampden–Sydney College
Rosemary Walzem, Texas A&M University
Ningkun Wang, San Jose State University
Xueying Wang, Cornell University
Michael Watters, Valparaiso University
Jennifer Watts, Washington State University
Yufeng Wei, New Jersey City University
Graycen Wheeler, University of Colorado–Boulder
Wendy Wilburn, Tennessee State University
Han Teng Wong, University of California, Berkeley/Northwestern University
Thaiesha Wright, Miami University
Bin Xia, Peking University
Guanying Xu, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Hideaki Yano, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Nikhil Yedulla, Wayne State University
Yuxia Zhang, Kansas University Medical Center
Li Zhou, Abbvie

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