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Lila Gierasch Receives Research Award from the Protein Society

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The Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award, sponsored by Genentech, is granted in recognition of exceptional contributions in protein science, which profoundly influence our understanding of biology. The 2010 award will be presented to Dr. Lila M. Gierasch (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) on August 4, 2010 for her application of biophysical methods to interrogate biological systems. Dr. Gierasch’s research has had a major impact in fields spanning sequence-structure relationships, protein folding and aggregation, the pioneering application of novel biophysical analyses (principally NMR), molecular recognition, and cooperativity in molecular machines and protein secretion. Her most recent research focuses on the chaperone-mediated folding process, how a β-sheet “clam” protein is folded, and how to monitor protein folding in a living cell and compare it with in vitro folding. Dr. Gierasch’s research is considered insightful and visionary by her peers.

(December 2009)