October 2011

Alice and C.C. Wang Award in Molecular Parasitology

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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As someone who has known the Wangs all my professional life, I want to add my voice to the chorus of gratitude for their generosity as well as for their contributions to human welfare and to science. - Timothy Carter, Ph.D. Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology, St. John's University (ASBMB member)

 

 

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