March 5, 2014
Free Webinar: 'The Future of RNA-based Therapies'
Faculty Perspectives, an online lecture series sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, will feature Lynne Maquat, director of the Center for RNA Biology and the J. Lowell Orbison Distinguished Service Alumni Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, on Thursday, March 6. Maquat will discuss the molecular basis of human diseases and new RNA-centric therapies to treat them. The free webinar starts at 1 p.m. Register here.
March 3, 2014
Professor Harold Smith's company OyaGen was recently featured in a 2-page article in the February issue of A&U Magazine, a publication devoted to art, activism, and current events related to the HIV-affected community. The article discussed exciting new potential treatments being developed at OyaGen and can be read online here.
February 18, 2014
Chinmay R. Surve Wins Travel Award to Attend the American Society Experimental Biology Meeting
Chinmay R. Surve, a graduate student in the Department of Biochemistry was recently awarded a Graduate Student Travel Award to attend the American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics section of the Experimental Biology Meeting in San Diego, CA (2014). Chinmay works in the laboratory of Dr. Alan Smrcka where he is looking at signaling molecules downstream of G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) in neutrophils which play a role in neutrophil chemotaxis and how dynamism between these molecules regulate neutrophil chemotaxis.
January 16, 2014
Lynne E. Maquat, Ph.D., the J. Lowell Orbison Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, was named the 2014 Athena Award winner today at a special luncheon at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The award, presented annually by the Women's Council of the Rochester Business Alliance, recognizes women who excel in their professions, give back to their communities and mentor other women for leadership roles.
Maquat is an internationally recognized expert in the field of RNA biology in which she works to discover new cellular pathways and clues to the molecular basis of human disease. She is the Founding Director of the University's Center for RNA Biology and in 2011 received one of the highest honors possible for any scientist - election to the National Academy of Sciences. In addition, having spent her career advocating for young women in the sciences, Maquat founded the University of Rochester Graduate Women in Science Program (GWIS) in 2003. Elected for her exceptional research, which has been published in more than 110 peer reviewed scientific journals, Maquat is one of only three faculty members from the University of Rochester Medical Center who have been appointed to the Academy and the only woman.
The Athena award program was founded in 1982 to recognize and honor the achievements of outstanding female leaders and introduced to Rochester in 1987. This year, Maquat was one of thirteen women chosen as finalists by the Rochester Women's Council for their professional excellence, community service and active and generous assistance in helping other women develop leadership skills.
January 10, 2014
Sina Ghaemmaghami, an assistant professor of biology and member of the Biology & Molecular Biology and Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology graduate programs at the University of Rochester, has been recognized by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a scientist who
exemplifies the roleof teacher-scholar. The NSF has named Ghaemmaghami a winner of its Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER).
The award includes a five-year grant totaling $950,000 to fund Ghaemmaghami's research into protein folding.
Sina is already recognized as one of the brightest in his field," said John Jaenike, chair of the University's Department of Biology.
His work on protein folding and proteomic turnover is of central importance to understanding basic cell physiology.
As an early-career scientist, this award will go a long way in helping me establish a viable long-term research program at the University,said Ghaemmaghami.
I especially appreciate the special focus this award places on the integration of education, which will lead to research opportunities for more undergraduates.
January 9, 2014
Memorial Service Held for 'Father of Yeast Genetics'
A memorial gathering in honor of Fred Sherman was held Dec. 6 at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Fred Sherman, a major figure in molecular biology, died after a long illness on Sept. 16, 2013. The event was attended by friends, co-workers, former students, former post-docs, and other admirers from around the U.S. After introductory remarks by Dr. Bradford Berk, Chief Executive Officer of the University of Rochester Medical Center, an overview of Fred’s scientific contributions and personal reminiscences of Fred were presented by Dr. Gerald Fink, Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor of Biology at MIT, who co-taught a course in yeast genetics at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory with Fred for 17 years. This course is credited with introducing many eminent molecular biologists to the field of yeast genetics. Additional reminiscences were provided by Mark Dumont, Michael Hampsey, James Hicks, Letian Kuai, Susan Liebman, David Pearce, Eric Phizicky, Rolf Sternglanz, and Kenneth Zaret. Elena Rustchenko-Bulgac provided closing remarks.
A video recording of the complete service is available here. Also, please see the links to the printed program from the memorial (including excerpts of some comments about Fred from people who could not attend the service, and a song about Fred written by Tom Fox and the late Ira Herskowitz) and obituaries of Fred that have recently appeared in the journals Science and Genetics.
January 8, 2014
On January 16, the Women's Council, an affiliate of the Rochester Business Alliance, will honor thirteen women chosen as this year's finalists for the Athena Award, based on their significant professional achievements, their community service endeavors, and their leadership in the advancement of other professional women. Among them is Dr. Lynne Maquat, Ph.D., the J. Lowell Orbison Endowed Chair and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is also founding director of the UR Center for RNA Biology, and founding chair of UR Graduate Women in Science.
In 2011, she received one of the highest honors possible for a scientist, election to the National Academy of Sciences, for her exceptional research in the field of RNA biology discovering new cellular pathways and the molecular basis of human diseases. She has been published in more than 110 peer reviewed journals, written 23 book chapters and edited 4 books on the topic. Maquat was also elected in 2006 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Maquat has spent her career advocating for young women in the sciences. Her many mentoring awards include the 2013 University of Rochester President's Diversity Award and the 2014 William C. Rose Award from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She has been inspired by male professors who, unlike some, believed there is a place for women in science.
January 7, 2014
In Memoriam: Fred Sherman - The First Yeast Molecular Biologist
The journal Genetics has published an article in memory of Dr. Fred Sherman, who died September 16, 2013 at the age of 81 years after a long illness. A renowned molecular biologist, Fred obtained his Ph.D. with Robert Mortimer at the University of California, Berkeley, followed by postdoctoral training with Boris Ephrussi in France and Herschel Roman in Seattle. He spent his entire career as a Professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Fred received many awards, including election to the National Academy of Sciences.
January 6, 2014
Science Magazine Celebrates Career of Fred Sherman
Fred Sherman, a brilliant geneticist who popularized the use of baker’s yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, as a genetic model system of eukaryotic cells, died on 16 September at the age of 81. Budding yeast are now used at virtually all research centers worldwide, largely due to Fred’s efforts and mentoring of many of the leaders in the fi eld. Indeed, Randy Schekman, who shared this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, was introduced to yeast in the Cold Spring Harbor course that Fred taught for 17 summers with his friend and colleague Gerald Fink. Many students and postdoctoral fellows who were trained in Fred’s own laboratory also helped shape the fi eld of yeast genetics. Fred taught by example how to think about science, how to do it, and how to enjoy it. He lived life fully, with joy, humor, and dance (ballet), and without ever really separating life from science.
For more on the life and accoplishments of Dr. Sherman, please read Science Magazine's retrospective.