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Biophysical Society names fellows

ASBMB Today Staff
Jan. 1, 2024
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The Biophysical Society has named seven 2024 society fellows, and three of them are members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Rommie Amaro, Ivet Bahar and Jennifer Doudna.

Amaro is a professor and endowed chair in the molecular biology department and co-director of the Airborne Institute at the University of California, San Diego. The society honors her work on developing methods to enable the simulation of biological molecules in situ and their applications to illuminate the role of glycans in biology.

Bahar is director and endowed chair of the Louis and Beatrice Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology and a professor of biochemistry and cell biology at the Stony Brook University, School of Medicine. The society honors her for pioneering novel models and methods in structural and computational biology, including the elastic network models for protein dynamics that helped bridge protein structure and function.

Doudna is endowed chair in biomedical and health sciences and a professor of biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology at the University of California Berkeley and founder and chair of the Innovative Genomics Institute. The society honors her for her work in developing the CRISPR-Cas9 method for genome editing for which she shared the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Biophysical Society fellows are distinguished members of the society who have demonstrated excellence in science and contributed to the expansion of the field of biophysics. Also named 2024 fellows are Gary Pielak, Eugene Shakhnovick and Michelle Wang. The fellows will be honored at the society’s annual meeting in February.

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