April 2011

ASBMB Member Update

 

Bond named FASEB president-elect

Judith S. Bond

Judith S. Bond, professor and chairwoman of biochemistry and molecular biology at The Pennsylvania State University, has been named president-elect of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. She will begin her term on July 1, 2011, will serve as president-elect through June 30, 2012, and will take office as FASEB president on July 1, 2012.

Bond’s research focuses on the structure, function and regulation of proteolytic enzymes called meprins. Her work on wasting diabetic mice led to the discovery of meprins, a subunit of which has recently been identified as a susceptibility factor for inflammatory bowel disease.

Bond was president of ASBMB from 2004 to 2006 and is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.


Craik garners Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry

David Craik

David Craik, a professor at the University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience, has won the Ralph F. Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry from the American Chemical Society.

Craik was recognized for his work with circular peptides, known as cyclotides. He described the first cyclotide and has been a major contributor to the field ever since. Recently, he engineered a new circular peptide to treat pain by combining a stable cyclotide with a conopeptide – a pain-blocking peptide found in the venom of marine cone snails. The engineered molecule has proven effective at treating pain in early trials.

“Professor Craik has made outstanding contributions to our understanding of the structure-function relationships of peptide toxins and circular peptides and proteins,” noted Paul F. Alewood (Craik’s colleague at the University of Queensland) in C&E News. “His multidisciplinary approach not only requires great intellect and drive but courage to learn new disciplines and employ them in smart ways.”

The Ralph F. Hirschmann Award was established in 1988 to recognize and encourage outstanding achievements in the chemistry, biochemistry and biophysics of peptides. It is sponsored by Merck Research Laboratories.

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