Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The Wiley Foundation today announced the 17th annual Wiley
Prize in Biomedical Sciences will be awarded to Lynne E. Maquat
for elucidating the mechanism of nonsense-mediated messenger RNA
decay, a fundamental process whereby cells remove defective transcripts
that can encode toxic proteins.
Dr. Maquat is a Professor at the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics
in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the Founding Director of the
Center for RNA Biology: From Genome to Therapeutics, the Founding Chair
of the University of Rochester Graduate Women in Science, and the J.
Lowell Orbison Endowed Chair at the University of Rochester in
Rochester, New York.
“The 2018 Wiley Prize honors Dr. Maquat, whose work illuminated how our
cells prevent production of toxic proteins by removing defective
messenger RNAs," said Dr. Titia de Lange, Chairperson of the awards jury
for the Wiley Prize at the Rockefeller University in New York City.
“The Wiley Foundation honors research that champions novel approaches
and challenges accepted thinking in the biomedical sciences. The work of
the 2018 Wiley Prize recipient Lynne Maquat truly upholds this mission,”
said Deborah Wiley, Chair of the Wiley
Foundation. “We are pleased to highlight the impact that her
research on messenger RNA decay pathways has had in advancing our
knowledge of the cellular cause of many human diseases.”
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