JBC names 2021 Tabor young investigators
The Journal of Biological Chemistry has named the winners of the 2021 JBC Herbert Tabor Early Career Investigator Awards. The awards, named after the late editor-in-chief of the journal, recognize early-career scientists with standout first-author papers published in the past year.
A committee of JBC associate editors, headed up by George DeMartino of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, selected the five winners after reviewing nominations from JBC readers, consulting experts in the field and evaluating the quantitative impact of the papers.
The winners will give talks at the 2021 ASBMB Annual Meeting, which will take place virtually April 27–30.
Tabor award winners from 2020, whose talks were postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, also will present their work at the 2021 meeting.
The winners and their papers are below.
Adrian Arrieta, graduate student at San Diego State University
- Paper: Mesencephalic astrocyte–derived neurotrophic factor is an ER-resident chaperone that protects against reductive stress in the heart
James M. Burke, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder
- Paper: RNase L promotes the formation of unique ribonucleoprotein granules distinct from stress granules
Alejandro Castillo–Kauil, graduate student at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute.
Anne Harbig, graduate student at Philipps–University Marburg
- Paper: Transcriptome profiling and protease inhibition experiments identify proteases that activate H3N2 influenza A and influenza B viruses in murine airways
- Editors’ Pick Highlight: Finding proteases that make cells go viral
Duncan J. Kountz, graduate student at Harvard University
- Paper:MtcB, a member of the MttB superfamily from the human gut acetogen Eubacterium limosum, is a cobalamin-dependent carnitine demethylase
- Editors’ Pick Highlight: Taking the “Me” out of meat: A new demethylation pathway dismantles a toxin’s precursor
Manisha Dagar, graduate student at Amity Institute of Biotechnology
- Paper: Phosphorylation of HSP90 by protein kinase A is essential for the nuclear translocation of androgen receptor
- Editors’ Pick Highlight: Keys to unlock androgen receptor translocation
- ASBMB Today profile: Dagar dissects a prostate cancer driver
Ayumi Nagashima–Kasahara, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tokyo
Febin Varghese, research associate at Washington State University
- Paper: A low-potential terminal oxidase associated with the iron-only nitrogenase from the nitrogen-fixing bacterium Azotobacter vinelandii
- ASBMB Today profile: Varghese roams from forests to enzymes
Yue Yang, instructor at Weill Cornell Medicine
- Paper: Dihydronicotinamide riboside is a potent NAD+ concentration enhancer in vitro and in vivo
- ASBMB Today profile: Yang follows the science where it takes her
Wehchao Zhao, graduate student at the University of Bonn
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