It recently was announced that Job Dekker of the University of Massachusetts Medical School has been awarded 2011 ASBMB Young Investigator Award. (Titled "UMass Professor Wins Emerging Investigator Award" in print version.)
“It is especially rewarding to see that our genome technologies have become so widely used.” - JOB DEKKER
Job Dekker, an associate professor at University of Massachusetts Medical School, is the winner of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2011 Young Investigator Award.
Dekker, a member of UMMS’s program in gene function and expression in the department of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, studies chromosome structure, and he is credited with developing early in his career a suite of extremely powerful methodologies to probe the 3-D structure of chromosomes at remarkably high resolutions. Since then, he has developed a method of using deep sequencing that allows analysis of millions of chromosome interactions in parallel.
When nominating Dekker, UMMS professor and department chairman C. Robert Matthews emphasized that the methods have brought previously invisible aspects of chromosomes into view, opening an entirely new field of study.
“Job Dekker embodies all that one might expect in the next generation of leaders in science,” Matthews said. “Job sees the big picture, he is very creative, he is ambitious and he gets things done.”