Award

Kornfeld’s work applauded
for ‘rigor and scientific breadth'

He won the ASBMB's Tabor/JBC Lectureship Award
Geoff Hunt
March 27, 2012

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has named Stuart Kornfeld, professor of medicine in the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, the winner of the society’s Herbert Tabor/Journal of Biological Chemistry Lectureship.

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Stuart Kornfeld

About the award

The Herbert Tabor/Journal of Biological Chemistry Lectureship recognizes outstanding lifetime scientific achievements and was established by the ASBMB to acknowledge the many contributions of Herbert Tabor to the society and the journal, of which he served as editor for nearly 40 years and now serves as co-editor.

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has named Stuart Kornfeld, professor of medicine in the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, the winner of the society’s Herbert Tabor/Journal of Biological Chemistry Lectureship.

Kornfeld received the award for his seminal research in the field of glycobiology, in particular his work describing multiple novel pathways involved in oligosaccharide biosynthesis, processing, and maturation. These actions subsequently were shown to be critical in mediating proper folding and transport of major cellular proteins, including those that regulate activity of the lysosome, a critical organelle involved in the degradation of macromolecules. Kornfeld also showed that disruptions in these processes could cause a range of metabolic diseases that have severe effects on organ systems.

The award has special meaning for Kornfeld. “Herb Tabor has been one of my heroes since I first met him at the National Institutes of Health in the 1960s,” he said. “I am very honored to be selected.”

Karen Colley, professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, said she remembered “feeling very special when Stuart, at the beginning of a seminar years ago, announced to the audience that, by virtue of having worked for Jacques Baenziger (his first graduate student), I was therefore his granddaughter in science!” She was quick to reciprocate the pride Kornfeld expressed for her that day. “His incredibly significant contributions to glycobiology and cell biology, elegantly simple scientific approach, and ability to ask the most important questions and solve complex problems make this amazingly humble man an extraordinary scientist and human being.”

University of Chicago professor Ben Glick agreed. “Dr. Kornfeld’s contributions are spectacular in their combination of rigor and scientific breadth.”

Kornfeld was an undergraduate at Dartmouth College and earned his M.D. from the Washington University in St. Louis medical school, where, save for a brief stint at the NIH from 1963 to 1965, he has remained his entire career. He ran the school’s hematology division for more than 30 years.

Kornfeld will receive his award during the Experimental Biology 2012 conference in San Diego, where he will deliver the opening lecture of the conference. The presentation will take place at 6 p.m. April 21 in the San Diego Convention Center.

Geoff Hunt

Geoff Hunt is the ASBMB's former outreach manager. 

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