Lipid Research Division

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In memoriam: Charles Rock

Charles Owen Rock, a faculty member in the Department of Host–Microbe Interactions at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and a National Institutes of Health principal investigator, died Sept. 22, 2023. He was 73 and had been a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for almost four decades. Read Christopher Radka's retrospective.

Relearning the trainee’s view

Tina Tootle, a professor and department chair at the University of Iowa, describes in this essay what she learned as a mentee in a reverse mentoring program.

Fliesler recognized for retina research

Steven J. Fliesler at the University of Buffalo has won the Retina Research Foundation’s Paul Kayser International Award in Retina Research presented by the International Society for Eye Research. The distinguished professor will receive his award in February in Australia. Read the press release.

Lifetime achievement award honors Emr

At the ASBMB meeting on ESCRT biology in Madison, Wisconsin, this summer, Cornell University's Scott Emr was recognized with a lifetime achievement award. "Scott is generally acknowledged as the 'father' of our field," meeting co-organizer Wes Sundquist told ASBMB Today. You can read more here

Mid-Career Leadership Award for Rye

Kerry-Anne Rye has received the 2023 ASBMB Mid-Career Leadership Award, which recognizes researchers with a strong commitment to advancing the careers of women in BMB along with excellence in research and/or service. Rye, a professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Lipid Research, deputy head of the UNSW School of Medical Sciences, and runs a lab studying atherosclerosis and diabetes.

Avanti Award for Debose–Boyd

Russell Debose–Boyd has been named the 2023 recipient of the Avanti Award in Lipids, which recognizes outstanding research contributions in the field. Debose–Boyd is the Beatrice and Miguel Elias distinguished chair in biomedical science and a professor of molecular genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where his lab studies regulatory mechanisms controlling HMG-CoA reductase, the rate-limiting enzyme in cholesterol synthesis.

2023 Walter Shaw Award to Budin

Itay Budin has been named the recipient of the 2023 Walter Shaw Young Investigator Award in Lipid Research. The award recognizes outstanding research contributions in the lipid field by a young investigator. Budin's lab at the University of California, San Diego studies the inner mitochondrial membrane and lipid adaptations to extreme conditions using membrane biophysics and synthetic biology approaches.

Looking back at the LRD

In an essay on his experience with the society, ASBMB Fellow Dan Raben looks back on cofounding the lipid research division with Binks Wattenberg. Read about the history here.

Linder a leader at ASPET

Maurine Linder, a professor and chair of the department of molecular medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been elected chair of the ASPET division for molecular pharmacology. Her lab studies the activity and signaling regulation of DHHC acyltransferases responsible for protein S-palmitoylation. Read more.

Cravatt shares Wolf prize

Ben Cravatt, a professor and chair of chemical biology at Scripps Research, is one of three recipients of the 2022 Wolf Prize in Chemistry. Cravatt’s lab at Scripps developed a technique called activity-based protein profiling to characterize enzymes in the endocannabinoid system. Read more.