2020 ASBMB award winners
The winners of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual awards were nominated by colleagues and other leaders in their fields for making significant contributions to biochemistry and molecular biology and the training of emerging scientists.
The recipients will give talks about their work at the society’s 2020 annual meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the Experimental Biology conference April 4-7 in San Diego.
In addition to cash prizes ranging from $2,000 to $35,000, each ASBMB award consists of a plaque and transportation expenses to the ASBMB annual meeting.
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ASBMB Award for Exemplary
Contributions to Education
Paul Black, a professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, won the ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education, given annually to a scientist who encourages effective teaching and learning of biochemistry and molecular biology through his or her own teaching, leadership in education, writing, educational research, mentoring or public enlightenment. Black leads the biochemistry department at Lincoln. In 2016, he was named an ASBMB education fellow. Learn about the award and see past winners.
Manajit Hayer–Hartl, a group leader at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, won the ASBMB–Merck Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to research in biochemistry and molecular biology. Hayer-Hartl has led a research group focused on chaperonin-assisted protein folding research since 2006. Learn about the award and see past winners.
Avanti Award in Lipids
Jean Schaffer, a board-certified cardiologist and researcher affiliated with the Joslin Dia betes Center at Harvard Medical School, won the Avanti Award in Lipids, which recognizes outstanding research contributions in the area of lipids. Until recently, Schaffer led the Diabetic Cardiovascular Disease Center and Diabetes Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis. Learn about the award and see past winners.
Bert and Natalie Vallee Award
Edward Dennis, a distinguished professor at the University of California, San Diego, won the Bert and Natalie Vallee Award in Biomedical Science. The award, established by the Bert and Natalie Kuggie Vallee Foundation in 2012, recognizes international achievements in the sciences basic to medicine. Dennis is a former chair of UCSD’s chemistry and biochemistry department and has led the faculty senate. Learn about the award and see past winners.
DeLano Award for Computational Biosciences
Yang Zhang, a professor at the University of Michigan Medical School, won the DeLano Award for Computational Biosciences, established to honor the legacy of Warren L. DeLano, creator of the PyMOL open-source molecular viewer and given to a scientist for advances in computer technology to enhance research in the life sciences at the molecular level. Zhang’s lab is recognized for its algorithms for predicting the 3D structures of proteins. Learn about the award and see past winners.
Earl and Thressa Stadtman Young Scholar Award
David Pagliarini, an investigator at the Morgridge Institute of Research, won the Earl and Thressa Stadtman Young Scholar Award, established by friends and colleagues of the Stadtmans to preserve their legacies as scientists and mentors. It is given to scientists with 10 or fewer years of postdoctoral experience, including medical residencies and fellowships. Pagliarini is also a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Learn about the award and see past winners.
Walter Shaw Young Investigator Award in Lipids
Jeremy Baskin, an assistant professor at Cornell University, won the Walter Shaw Young Investigator Award in Lipids, which was established by ASBMB’s Lipid Research Division and recognizes outstanding research contributions in the area of lipids by young investigators who are assistant professors (or equivalent) with no more than 10 years of experience since receiving their degrees. Learn about the award and see past winners.
Herbert Tabor Research Award
Kevin Campbell, a professor at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, won the Herbert Tabor Research Award. The ASBMB established this award to recognize the contributions of Herbert Tabor, longtime editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. It is given for excellence in biological chemistry, molecular biology and contributions to the community of scientists. Campbell is director of the Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center. Learn about the award and see past winners.
Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry
Carol Fierke, provost and executive vice president of Texas A&M University, won the Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry, which recognizes scientists who have made substantial advances in understanding biological chemistry using innovative physical approaches. The award honors the pioneering scientific accomplishments and the spirit of the late Cohn, the first female president of the society. Before moving to A&M, Fierke led the chemistry department and served as graduate dean at the University of Michigan. Learn about the award and see past winners.
Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award
Lizabeth Allison, a professor at the College of William and Mary, won the Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award, which honors an outstanding scientist who has shown a strong commitment to encouraging underrepresented minorities to enter the scientific enterprise and has offered effective mentorship of those within it. The winner is chosen by the ASBMB’s Minority Affairs Committee. Allison is a past chair of the biology department at William and Mary. Learn about the award and see past winners.
William C. Rose Award
Celia Schiffer, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, won the William C. Rose Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to biochemical and molecular biological research and a demonstrated commitment to the training of younger scientists. Schiffer directs the Institute for Drug Resistance at the University of Massachusetts medical school. Learn about the award and see past winners.
Alice and C. C. Wang Award in Molecular Parasitology
Patricia Johnson, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, won the Alice and C.C. Wang Award in Molecular Parasitology. The award recognizes established investigators who are making seminal contributions to the field of molecular parasitology. Novel and significant discoveries on the biology of parasitic organisms are of particular emphasis. Johnson’s lab at UCLA studies the cause of the most prevalent, nonviral, sexually transmitted infection worldwide, the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis. Learn about the award and see past winners.
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