February 2011

Christine Guthrie recognized with ASBMB-Merck Award

About the Award

The ASBMB-Merck Award recognizes outstanding contributions to research in biochemistry and molecular biology. It provides a plaque and a $5,000 purse, and it covers transportation and expenses of the recipient and spouse to attend the ASBMB annual meeting and present a lecture. Guthrie will give her award lecture, “The Spliceosome is a Dynamic RNP Machine: Fidelity Strategies,” at 8:30 a.m. April 13 at the 2011 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

You can view award presentations from the 2010 ASBMB annual meeting in our archive.

Longtime acquaintance James E. Dahlberg, the Fredrick Sanger professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, said Guthrie sets the pace and bar for scientists of all ages and levels of achievement.

“I have known Christine since she was a graduate student and have followed her career and accomplishments very carefully. She is truly a guiding light for those of us working on the chemistry, biology or genetics of RNA, a class of molecules that is crucial to essentially all aspects of biology,” he says. “In particular, young scientists can see in her the satisfaction that comes from being a successful scientist and that it is possible for them to do just as well.”

Those sentiments were echoed by one of Guthrie’s former doctoral students, Hiten Madhani, who is now a professor at UCSF.

“If one were to ask any well-informed molecular biologists who were the two women who have had the greatest impact on the field of RNA splicing, the unanimous answer would be Christine Guthrie and Joan Steitz,” Madhani says. “Christine’s contributions to the field over the past quarter century have been numerous and read like the greatest hits of RNA splicing.”

Please feel free to send a congratulatory email to Christine Guthrie or leave her a note in the comment space below.

Angela Hopp (ahopp@asbmb.org) is managing editor for special projects at ASBMB.

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