October 2010

ASBMB Member Spotlight

Member-Spotlight,-SifersSifers Garners Award for Excellence in Education

Richard N. Sifers, an associate professor of pathology and immunology at Baylor College of Medicine, received the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education. The honor is Baylor College of Medicine’s highest award given to faculty members for their efforts in education.

Sifers has served as a member of more than 40 graduate student committees and has lectured at numerous international symposia and workshops in which scientists, students, clinicians and patients have served as the immediate learners. He also is involved with the Alpha-1 Foundation, serving as a member of its educational materials working group, which develops educational materials for worldwide distribution as a means to educate the public about the cause of numerous conformational diseases.

Sifers’ research focuses on dissecting the mechanism of human endoplasmic reticulum mannosidase I and delineating its participation in the etiology of liver disease. His long-term goal is to demonstrate how a core element of the glycoprotein quality control machinery can function as a disease modifier, possible diagnostic marker and potential site for therapeutic intervention.

Four ASBMB Members Receive HUPO Awards

The Human Proteome Organization Awards committee recently announced the recipients of the HUPO distinguished awards for 2010, four of whom were American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology members. Richard M. Caprioli will receive the HUPO Distinguished Achievement Award in Proteomic Sciences, John J. M. Bergeron was named the HUPO Discovery Award in Proteomics Sciences recipient, and Michael Dunn and Ralph A. Bradshaw garnered the HUPO Distinguished Service Award.

Richard M Caprioli, Stanley Cohen professor of biochemistry and director of the Mass Spectrometry Research Center at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, investigates biological processes involving the synthesis, modification, storage and degradation of peptides and proteins using mass spectrometric methods of analysis to follow molecular events.

John J. M. Bergeron, a medical scientist in the department of medicine at the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute, uses proteomics to characterize the proteins of the mammalian cell by a strategy known as the CellMap.

Michael Dunn, professor of biomedical proteomics at the University College Dublin Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, focuses on three major areas of biomedicine: cardiovascular proteomics, transplantation proteomics and neuroproteomics.

Ralph A. Bradshaw, professor emeritus of physiology and biophysics at the University of California, Irvine, has two major areas of investigation in his laboratory. In the first, polypeptide growth factors and their receptors are being examined with respect to structure and mechanism, whereas the second block of studies addresses the manner in which protein turnover in eukaryotic cells is regulated.

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