August 2011

Member Update

Six ASBMB members win Protein Society awards

Six American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology members recently received awards from the Protein Society.

D. Wayne Bolen, of the University of Texas Medical Branch, was honored with the Christian B. Anfinsen Award for resolving the long-standing question of how urea denatures proteins and how compatible osmolytes force folding.


 Johannes Buchner, a professor in the department of chemistry at Technische Universität München, was given the Hans Neurath Award for his numerous contributions to protein science, specifically in the context of protein folding and molecular chaperones.



Michael Summers, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, was given the Carl Brändén Award. Summers received the award for his contributions to advancing understanding of retrovirus structure, assembly and function, primarily using NMR spectroscopy.


Brenda Schulman, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and co-director of the molecular oncology program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Wei Yang, of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, were jointly awarded the Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award. Schulman was honored for her contributions to the understanding of the ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like systems. Yang was recognized for studies that led her to propose a model of two-metal ion catalysis for a large class of nucleic acid enzymes.

Gerhard Wagner, the Elkan Rogers Blout professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Harvard Medical School, received the Stein and Moore Award for his contributions to protein science and for shaping the field of protein NMR.

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