October 2011

Alice and C.C. Wang Award in Molecular Parasitology


Presidents_Message_CCandAliceThanks to the extraordinary generosity of Alice and C.C. Wang, I am delighted to announce the new Alice and C.C. Wang Award in Molecular Parasitology, which we hope will serve as an important part of C.C. Wang’s legacy as a distinguished parasitologist.

About the award 

The award will recognize active, established investigators who are making seminal contributions to the field of molecular parasitology. The areas of research are limited to protozoan parasites but otherwise are broadly defined, including biochemistry, molecular biology, gene regulation, metabolism, cell biology, development biology and host-pathogen interactions.

The recipient will be an internationally recognized scientific leader who already has made important discoveries in the field and who continues to lead an active effort at the cutting edge of research in this area.

The award will consist of a research grant for the recipient’s laboratory, a plaque or commemorative medal, and travel expenses to the ASBMB annual meeting to present a lecture on his or her research.

We welcome nominations from ASBMB members, though the nominee need not be a member. The deadline for nominations for the first award is Dec. 1.


About the benefactors 

Ching Chung (“C.C.”) Wang was awarded a B.S. in chemistry from the National Taiwan University in Taipei and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1966. From 1969 to 1981, he was a senior investigator at the Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research, and since 1981 he has been a professor of chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of California, San Francisco.

Wang has made seminal contributions to the understanding of the biology of many pathogenic protozoa. His early work mapped the unusual glycolysis and nucleotide pathways in these organisms. Together with his wife, Alice, he discovered a double-stranded RNA virus in Giardia lamblia. His most recent research delineated the regulation of the cell cycle of Trypanosoma brucei (the pathogen responsible for African sleeping sickness) and the initiation of protein translation in G. lamblia.

Wang is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he has received a number of other distinguished awards, including the Presidential Award from National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan.

The ASBMB is extremely honored to have been selected as the sponsoring organization to oversee this award, and we look forward to the opportunity to recognize the outstanding biochemistry and molecular biology that it will highlight and support. Thank you, from all of us, to the Wangs!

Suzanne PfefferASBMB President Suzanne Pfeffer (pfeffer@stanford.edu) is a biochemistry professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

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