October 2010

Charles E. Chalfant Wins ASBMB Avanti Young Investigator Award

About the award

The Avanti Young Investigator Award in Lipid Research consists of a plaque, $2,000 and travel expenses to the ASBMB annual meeting. Chalfant will present an award lecture, titled “Ceramide and Ceramide-1-phosphate: Enigmatic Lipids Generating New Signaling Paradigms,” at the 2011 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Click here to view award presentations from last year.

“His groundbreaking studies on regulation of alternative splicing of Bcl-X and caspase-9 by ceramide provided an answer to the long-sought-after function of ceramide in apoptosis. His seminal discovery that ceramide-1-phosphate is a direct allosteric regulator of cPLA2 has uncovered a novel function of this sphingolipid metabolite in regulating eicosanoid biosynthesis. These discoveries already have established him as a rising star in lipid research,” said VCU colleague Sarah Spiegel, who nominated Chalfant for the award.

Chalfant completed his bachelor’s degree in 1992 at the University of Tampa and his doctoral degree in 1997 at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He also served as a research associate at Duke University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Please feel free to send a congratulatory email to Charles E. Chalfant or leave him a note in the comment space below.

Angela Hopp (ahopp@asbmb.org) is managing editor for special projects at ASBMB.

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