HHMI investigator Joan Massagué of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is the first winner of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the biomedicine category. This 400,000-euro award is one of eight Frontiers of Knowledge awards that recognize excellence in research. Massagué was chosen for his research on cancer metastasis.
Massagué Gets Frontiers
of Knowledge Award
Gruber Prize Goes to Rosbash
Michael Rosbash, an HHMI investigator at Brandeis University, shares the 2009 Gruber Neuroscience Prize of $500,000 with Jeffrey Hall of the University of Maine and Michael Young of Rockefeller University for their studies on the circadian rhythms of fruit flies.
E.B. Wilson Medal
Roger Y. Tsien
The 2008 E.B. Wilson Medal went to HHMI investigator Roger Y. Tsien of the University of California, San Diego, and Martin Chalfie of Columbia University for their development of green fluorescent protein as a tool for tagging proteins. The medal is the American Society for Cell Biology’s highest science honor and is awarded for far-reaching lifetime contributions to cell biology.
Zare Wins Priestly Medal
Richard N. Zare
The 2010 Priestly Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Chemical Society, was awarded to HHMI professor Richard N. Zare of Stanford University. The honor recognizes Zare’s scientific contributions to chemistry as well as his teaching, mentoring, and public service.
Zoghbi Awarded Vilcek Prize
Huda Y. Zoghbi
HHMI investigator Huda Y. Zoghbi of the Baylor College of Medicine received the 2009 Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Research. Awarded by the Vilcek Foundation, this honor recognizes outstanding achievements by a foreign-born scientist each year. Zoghbi, born in Beirut, Lebanon, was chosen for her body of work studying the genetics and molecular biology of spinocerebellar ataxia, Rett syndrome, and related autism spectrum disorders.
National Academy of
Sciences Elects Ten
In February 2009, seven HHMI investigators, one HHMI senior scientific officer, one HHMI professor, and one HHMI international research scholar were elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
The investigators are Ralph R. Isberg, Tufts University School of Medicine; Tyler Jacks, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; G. Shirleen Roeder, Yale University; Kevan M. Shokat, University of California, San Francisco; Paul W. Sternberg, California Institute of Technology; Jonathan S. Weissman, University of California, San Francisco; and S. Lawrence Zipursky, University of California, Los Angeles. The senior scientific officer is Marian B. Carlson, whose lab is at Columbia University. The HHMI professor is Baldomero M. Olivera, University of Utah. The international research scholar is Pascale F. Cossart, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France.