Interviews with the
2018 ASBMB award winners

Published August 01 2018

At the 2018 annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, ASBMB’s print and digital media specialist, Allison Frick, talked to the award winners about their work. Here are excerpts from those interviews. Listen to their full award lectures on the ASBMB Soundcould page.


ASBMB Award for exemplary contributions to Education

Paul A. Craig of the Rochester Institute of Technology is recognized for his “remarkable and inspirational” work promoting hypothesis-driven thinking in the undergraduate biochemistry lab.

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Avanti Award in Lipids

Dennis R. Voelker has focused for 37 years on such topics as phospholipid-protein interactions, lipid metabolism, lipid transport and lipid enzymology, using a variety of techniques in virology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

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Bert and Natalie Vallee Award in Biomedical Science

Ronald M. Evans of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies was recognized for gene-expression research in 2017 and gave his award lecture in 2018.

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DeLano Award for Computational Biosciences

Chris Sander, director of the cBio Center at the Dana–Farber Cancer, is credited with integrating computational sciences into biological research to make scientific resources easily accessible to the public.

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Earl and Thressa Stadtman Young Scholar Award

Andrei Korostelev of the University of Massachusetts Medical School focuses on capturing minute structural changes in ribosomes as they translate RNA into proteins.

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FASEB excellence in Science Award

Lynne E. Maquat, of the University of Rochester Medical Center is the recipient of the 2018 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Excellence in Science Award. Maquat is being recognized for her outstanding contributions to our understanding of RNA biology and her service to the scientific community.

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Herbert Tabor Research Award

Gerald Hart, of the University of Georgia, the ASBMB’s president, “created an entirely new field” by showing that O-linked beta N-acetylglucosamine, or O-GlcNAc, “occurs in both the nucleus and cytoplasm of mammalian cells.”

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Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry

Leemor Joshua–Tor of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory wins award for her work in resolving the structures of proteins involved in gene silencing, DNA replication and gene regulation in yeast.

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Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award

Andrew Tsin, an expert in retinal neurobiology, “worked tirelessly, one-on-one, with research trainees in his lab, sustained over a period of more than 30 years.”

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William C. Rose Award

Steven Clarke of the University of California, Los Angeles, illuminated how protein modifications by methyl groups regulate fundamental biological processes.

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