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Published March 01 2018

NAS honors Doudna for CRISPR work

Jennifer Doudna has received the 2018 Award in Chemical Sciences from the National Academy of Sciences for co-inventing the gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9.

CRISPR-Cas9 allows scientists efficiently to alter specific parts of the genome. It has revolutionized the field of genetics through its simplicity, versatility and precision compared to other gene-editing tools, demonstrating the potential for a wide range of applications.

Established in 1978, the NAS Award in Chemical Sciences recognizes innovative research in the chemical sciences. The award carries a $15,000 prize. Doudna is a professor of chemistry and of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California at Berkeley.

Jennifer Doudna

Medina-Bolivar article in Altmetric top 100

Arkansas State University professor Fabricio Medina-Bolivar’s research has been recognized in Altmetric’s top 100 articles of 2017. Medina-Bolivar is among the authors of a paper on plant tissue scaffolding titled “Crossing kingdoms: Using decellularized plants as perfusable tissue engineering scaffolds.” The paper, published in Biomaterials, placed at No. 53 on Altmetric’s list of the most influential scientific papers of the year.

Medina-Bolivar’s research focus lies in plant metabolic engineering for the production and discovery of pharmaceuticals.

Altmetric is a digital science company that collects and tracks data on scholarly content complementary to traditional citation metrics, including mentions on social media and in mainstream media coverage.

Fabricio Medina-Bolivar

In memoriam: Daniel W. Foster

Daniel W. Foster, former chairman of the department of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, passed away Jan. 18. He was 87.

Foster received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1951 and obtained his medical degree from UT Southwestern in 1955, graduating first in his class.

After completing his residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas and a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, Foster returned to UT Southwestern, joining the faculty in 1962. He became a full professor in 1969 and was appointed chairman of internal medicine in 1987, a position he held until 2003.

Foster contributed significant research that led to greater understanding of obesity and diseases of the heart and liver.

In 1974, he began hosting the nationally televised program “Daniel Foster, M.D.,” a weekly program that focused on medical topics. He also served on the President’s Council on Bioethics.

Foster is survived by his wife, Dorothy; three sons, Christopher, Daniel and Michael; and one grandchild.

Daniel W. Foster

Cech named STORM science adviser

STORM Therapeutics has named Thomas Cech as a science adviser.

Founded in 2015, STORM Therapeutics is a British-based developer of small-molecule inhibitors of RNA-modifying enzymes for the treatment of cancer.

A leading figure in the field of RNA research, Cech shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in chemistry for discovering the catalytic properties of RNA. He also received the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award and the National Medal of Science.

Cech is a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and director of the BioFrontiers Institute, an interdisciplinary bioscience research and education hub with a focus on improving human health.

Thomas Cech

In memoriam: Aloys L. Tappel

Aloys L. Tappel, a professor emeritus at the University of California, Davis, passed away Nov. 25 from pneumonia. He was 91.

Born Nov. 21, 1926, in St. Louis, Tappel studied chemical engineering at Iowa State University, where he earned his undergraduate degree. He then earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota, where he met his future wife, Ardelle Amber Fish.

Tappel came to UC Davis in 1951 as a member of the department of food science and technology. He remained on the faculty for 50 years, focusing on teaching food biochemistry and nutrition.

Among his many accolades, Tappel received the 1965 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 1973 Borden Award from the American Institute of Nutrition, and the 1991 Award for the Advancement of Application of Agricultural and Food Chemistry from the American Chemical Society.

He is survived by his wife, Amber; daughters, Susan, Mary, Cath and Liz; sons, Steve and Paul; and 13 grandchildren.

In memoriam: Eldon Carl Nelson

Oklahoma State University professor Eldon Carl Nelson passed away at his home Dec. 27. He was 82.

Nelson was born Dec. 13, 1935, in Dola, Ohio. He attended the Ohio State University, graduating in 1957 with a degree in animal science and agricultural education. After teaching at Belle Center High School for a year, he returned to Ohio State, receiving his master’s in 1960 and Ph.D. in 1963.

Nelson then joined the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at Oklahoma State University, where he stayed for more than 40 years. His research centered on the isolation and identification of metabolites of vitamin A, synthetic analogs and related retinoids.

A decorated faculty member, Nelson was recognized by the university with the outstanding professor, outstanding adviser and outstanding mentor awards. He is survived by his wife, Jo; daughters, Laura and Julie; and four grandchildren.

Eldon Carl Nelson

American Academy of Microbiology names new fellows

Eight members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are among the 96 new fellows elected to the American Academy of Microbiology.

The American Academy of Microbiology is an honorary leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, which recognizes significant research toward and promotion of microbiology.

Over the past 50 years, more than 2,400 distinguished scientists have been elected as fellows in recognition of their original contributions toward advancement in the microbial sciences.

Congratulations to the following
ASBMB members:

• Thomas Dever, National Institutes of Health
• Borden D. Lacy, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
• Shan-Lu Liu, M.D., Ohio State University
• Beronda Montgomery, Michigan State University
• Jean Patterson, Texas Biomedical Research Institute
• Holger Sondermann, Cornell University
• Michael Surette, McMaster University
• Hung Ton-That, University of Texas at Houston

New ASBMB members


Emmanuel Adeyemi, University of Lagos
Gul Afshan, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Vinayak Agarwal, Georgia Institute of Technology
Leopoldo Aguilera–Aguirre, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Carolyn Albert, Saint Louis University
Kimberly Alonge, University of Washington
Ana Paula Alonso, University of North Texas
Adnan Alrubaye, University of Arkansas
Benjamin Anderson, Purdue University
Kelsie Anson, University of Colorado Boulder
Costin Antonescu, Ryerson University
Mounika Aramandla, Rhodes College
Jacob Athoe, Boston University
Brittanie Atkinson, Oklahoma Health Science Center
Monica Awad, Vanguard University
Tyler Ball, University of Wisconsin–Stout
Sushanta Banerjee, University of Kansas Medical Center/ Veterans Administration Medical Center
Meghan Bannow, University of Wisconsin–Stout
Allan Barraza, Nova Southeastern University
Michal Bassani–Sternberg, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois/Université de Lausanne
Shraddha Basu, South Dakota State University
Arindam Basu Sarkar, University of Findlay, College of Pharmacy
Jamie Baxter, University of Toronto
David Bear, University of Arizona College of Medicine
Leticia Beltran, University of Kansas
Isaac Benque, Boston University
Alexandra Berkowicz, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mark Betonio, Rhodes College
Brianna Betton, Rhodes College
Niraj Bhatt, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research–Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology
Judy Birschbach, Milwaukee School of Engineering Center for BioMolecular Modeling
Emily Bliss, Otterbein University
Madison Blue, Hendrix College
Bryanna Boese, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
Alisdair Boraston, University of Victoria
Eric Bortz, University of Alaska Anchorage
James Bottesch, Eastern Florida State College
Tiffany Brandt, University of Louisville
Richard Breyer, Vanderbilt University
Amanda Bries, Iowa State University
Irina Bronova, National Jewish Health
Merissa Brousseau, Boston University
Tristan Brunet, Rhodes College
Hoang (Gwen) Bui, Nova Southeastern University
Haley Burger, Pitzer College
Karol Canales, Vanguard University
Celso Caruso–Neves, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Miguel Cervantes–Ramirez, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California
Alesa Chabbra, Nova Southeastern University
Jean-Philippe Charrier, bioMerieux
Christine Chatas, Alexion
Lin Chen, Boston University
Steven Chuh, Juniata College
Philip Cohen, University of Dundee
Carina Collins, Drury University
Miguel Colon, Central Connecticut State University
Irazu Contreras, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico
John Corbett, University of Texas Southwestern
Victor Corces, Emory University
Roslyn Crowder, Stetson University
Krystyna Cwiklinski, Queen's University Belfast
Katie Dam, Boston University
Hung Dang, Texas A & M University
Paige Darrow, Boston University
Chandravanu Dash, Meharry Medical College
Jose Del Toro–Dominguez, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
Jason Den Haese, D'Youville College and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Arti Dumbrepatil, University of Michigan
Matthew Eckwahl, University of Chicago
Jasmine Edwards, Rochester Institute of Technology
Emily Eggleston, Vanguard University
Leon Elcock, University of Delaware
Nicholas Eleuteri, Boston University
Stephanie Esonwune, Boston University
Sernah Essien, Boston University
Jose Estrada, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico
Haoyun Fang, University of Melbourne
Elizabeth Feldman, Nova Southeastern University
Grace Ferri, Boston University
Alexander Finnegan, San Francisco State University
Stephen Floor, University of California, San Francisco
Catherine Fox, University of Wisconsin Medical School
Fred Fregoso, California State University, Northridge
Molly Gaddis, California Polytechnic State University
Pascal Gagneux, University of California, San Diego
Sehamuddin Galadari, United Arab Emirates University, College of Medicine
Nisarg Gandhi, Montclair State University
Malcolm Gardner, J. Craig Venter Institute
George Gassner, San Francisco State University
Darwin Gawat, San Francisco State University
Anne George, University of Illinois College of Dentistry
Matthew George, Rhodes College
Homa Ghalei, Emory University
Mike Gillette, Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University
Laura Glasscock, Winthrop University
Danea Glover, State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Liam Goldman, Rhodes College
Maxine Gonzalez, Universidad Central del Caribe
Evan Greenawalt, Thomas Jefferson University
Dionne Griffin
Wezley Griffin, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Laurie Grove, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Maxwell Gyamfi, North Carolina Central University
Tahar Hajri, Hackensack University Medical Center
Elizabeth Harrington, Brown Medical School/ Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center
Elizabeth Hartland, University of Melbourne
Vanessa Hayashi, Boston University
Candace Hayes, Rhodes College
Francesca Healy, Rhodes College
Joshua Heazlewood, University of Melbourne
Håkan Hedman, Umeå University
Michael Heiges, University of Wisconsin–Stout
Victoria Henderson, Trinity University
Yasmin Hilmi, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Megan Hoffman, Boston University
Fanghui Hua, State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Mia Huang, University of California, San Diego
Yongqi Huang, Hubei University of Technology
Nadia Hyatt, Rhodes College
Lauren Iacobelli, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Dariya Ignatenko, University of California, Santa Barbara
Sozaburo Ihara, Institute for Adult Diseases, Asahi Life Foundation
Archana Iyer, Georgia State University
Ashleigh Jackobel, State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Walter Jacob, Providence College
Sajith Jayasinghe, California State University
Kristen Jew, San Francisco State University
Brittany Johnson, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Courtney Johnson, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Janae Jones, Mount Saint Mary's University
Nabil Junaidi, University of Wisconsin–Stout
Aron Kamajaya, California Institute of Technology
John Kane, University of California, San Francisco Cardiovascular Research Institute
Peter Karp, SRI International
Kyle Kaster, Des Moines University
Ildiko Kasza, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Scotland Kemper, Rhodes College
Fusun Kilic, University of Arkansas College of Medicine
Sophia Kisling, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Rachel Klevit, University of Washington
Rochelle Knier, University of Wisconsin–Stout
Bruce Knutson, State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Pallavi Kompella, University of Texas at Austin
Sunnie Kong, Boston University
Oleg Kovrov, Umea University
David Kranz, University of Illinois
Klaus Kratochwill, Medical University of Vienna
Michael Krause, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
Amanda Krueger, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
Jamie Kuhns, University of Wisconsin–Stout
Cindy Kyi, University of Missouri
Johant Lakey, Instituto de Investigaciones Científicas y Servicios de Alta Tecnología de Panamá–Asociación de Interés Público
Audrey Lamb, University of Kansas
Noah Langenfeld, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
Robert Langer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jack Lawler, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Elizabeth Lawlor, University of Michigan
Litza Ledesma Monjaraz, Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles
Alexandra Lee, Rhodes College
Keren Lee, Rhodes College
Andrew Lempner, Rhodes College
Cheng-Han Li, National Tsing Hua University
Fuchuan Li, Shandong University
Wei Li, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Guosheng Liang, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Abby Lidoski, Rhodes College
David Liu, Washington State University
Melissa Lodoen, University of California, Irvine
Madison Lopp, Vanguard University
Molly Loughrin, University of Wisconsin–Stout
Amanda Lowe, Vanguard University
Slawomir Lukomski, West Virginia University School of Medicine
John Magnani, GlycoMimetics
Adebayo Makanjuola, Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Ryan Maki, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
Francesca Manea, Berkeley Lab
John Marino, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Tanner Martinez, Rhodes College
Michelle Martinez–Montemayor, Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
Andrew Mason, King's College London
Thomas Matthews, Rhodes College
Aras Mattis, University of California, San Francisco
Elizabeth May, Harvard University
Matthias Mayer, Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie der Universität Heidelberg
Kinsey McGlasson, Rhodes College
Colin McGonagle, University of New Hampshire
James McIsaac, Northeastern University
Derek McKay, University of Calgary
Jonathan Messerschmidt, Boston University
Gero Miesenbock, University of Oxford
Luis Milburn, Rhodes College
Jacob Miller, West Virginia University
Gayan Mirihana Arachchilage, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Yale University
Adeba Mohammad, Western University
Abdelmarouf Mohieldein, Qassim University
Robert Molday, University of British Columbia
Kelsey Moore, Medical University of South Carolina
Julie Morgan, Georgia State University
Frans Mulder, Aarhus University
Anoushka Mullasseril, Rhodes College
Crystabel Munoz, Mount Saint Mary's University
Emily Murphy, Boston University
Kendall Muzzarelli, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Reiner Neil, University of British Columbia
Sophia Nguyen, Nova Southeastern University
Nabeel Nissar, Boston University
Weining Niu, Northwestern Polytechnical University
Luiza Nogaj, Mount Saint Mary's University
Cesar Nopo–Olazabal, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Inc.
Monika Oberer, University of Graz
Alexis Osbourne, Vanguard University
Maggie Palopoli, Rhodes College
Pornpen Panomwan, Princess of Naradhiwas University
Lisa Parlato, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
Carrie Partch, University of California, Santa Cruz
Ronald Payne, Indianapolis University School of Medicine
Niharika Pentakota, University of Queensland
Daniel Pereira, University of Connecticut
Patricia Perez, Mount Saint Mary's University
Viviana Perez Hernandez, Nova Southeastern University
Sherket Peterson, Johnson & Johnson
Christopher Petty, Boston University
Leslie Poole, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Rebecca Portugal, American Chemical Society Student Affiliates
Jacques Pouyssegur, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Monali Praharaj, Johns Hopkins University
Joseph Quinlan, University of Delaware
Gersham Rainone, Providence College
David Ramírez, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Brigette Rankin, Providence College
Itthipoaln Rasasack, Rhodes College
Shailendra Rathore, Cornell University
Jeffrey Ravetch, Rockefeller University
Austin Rawlings, Covenant Academy
Richard Redfearn, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Derek Reese, Emporia State University
Dakota Reinartz, Hampden–Sydney College
Natalia Reiss, Providence College
Hongmei Ren, Wright State University
Rossellini Renolo, San Francisco State University
Nathaniel Reynolds
Kyu Rhee, Weill Cornell Medical College
Victoria Rhodes, Missouri Southern State University
Denis Richard, Quebec Heart and Lung Institute
Morgan Rickley, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
William Rinaldi, Providence College
Samuel Rivero–Hinojosa, Children's National Health System
Everett Roark, William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Alexander Robbins, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
Destany Rocha, Vanguard University
Johnna Roose, Louisiana State University
Rachel Rosencrans, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
Lauren Rowland, Rhodes College
Rocio Rueda
Catherine Ruesch, Princeton University
Rick Russell, University of Texas at Austin
Christopher Ruth, University of Arkansas
Ratchell Sadovnik, Northeastern University
Kamalika Saha, Sanofi
Komal Sampat, Texcell–North America Inc.
Mariel Sanchez, University of New Mexico/Central New Mexico Community College
Russell Sands, Rhodes College
Marissa Schafer, Mayo Clinic
Michelle Schaffer, Eastern Illinois University
Mike Schaid, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Stephanie Schroeder, Webster University
Russel Sequeira, Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine
Nicholas Seyfried, Emory School of Medicine
Hunter Shelton, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Heegwon Shin, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Shunichi Shiozawa, Kyushu University
Varda Shoshan–Barmatz, Ben–Gurion University
Kausik Si, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Laurence Sibley, Washington University
Jeffrey Sigman, St. Mary's College of California
Amar Singh, Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System
Garima Sinha, Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences at Newark
Mallory Smith, University of Kansas Medical Center
Alan Smrcka, University of Michigan Medical School
Ola Söderberg, Uppsala University
Ramiz Somjee, Rhodes College
Haizhao Song, Tsinghua University
Mallory Soska, Otterbein University
Susan Stapleton, Western Michigan University
Camilla Stejskal, Boston University
Brittney Stevens, Vanguard University
Edward Stites, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Omar Stocks, Rhodes College
Brandon Strong, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Edward Stuenkel, University of Michigan
Dawoud Sulaiman, University of California, Los Angeles
Ewa Swiezewska, Polish Academy of Sciences
Julianna Szuwalski, Rhodes College
Tiffany Tadros, Vanguard University
Danyal Tahseen, Trinity University
Tari Tan, Harvard Medical School
Kaare Teilum, University of Copenhagen
Conor Templeton, Medical University of South Carolina
Kaleb Tenhagen, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
Jeffery Tessem, Brigham Young University
Kourtland Thompson, University of Wisconsin–Stout
Yee Mon Thu, Grinnell College
Gemma Topaz, Roxbury Community College
Zally Torres, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Dwight Towler, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Sydney Townsend, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Tran Doan Ngoc Tran, Texas A & M University
Samuel Trenner, Rhodes College
Lata Udari, Eastern Illinois University
Haruna Ueda, University of Tsukuba
Yuri Ueda, National Cancer Center East Japan
Shalom Umunnakwe
Taylor Underwood, Vanguard University
Selena Vanapruks, Colgate University
Sonika Vatsa, Boston University
Carlos Vera, University of Colorado Boulder
Astrid Viera, Vanguard University
James Villanueva, International American University College of Medicine
Catherine Vrentas, United States Department of Agriculture
Isha Walawalkar, Boston University
Jian-Hua Wang, Institute Pasteur of Shanghai, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Colin Welsh, Rhodes College
Kathleen Wendover, Hendrix College
Joshua Weseli, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
Connor West, Medical University of South Carolina
H. Steven Wiley, Pacific Northwest National Lab
Lauren Wilson, University of Arizona
Christopher Winski, University of the Incarnate Word
Tiffany Wong, University of Maryland
Jie Xiao, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Wuhan Xiao, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Xuebiao Yao, University of Science and Technology of China
Victor Yu, University of Arizona
Jin Zhang, University of California, San Diego
Feng Zhao, Puer University
Miaoyun Zhao, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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