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08/13/2012 07:00:00

Caltech Chemist Wins ASBMB Young Investigator Award

The American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) named Caltech chemistry professor Shu-ou Shan a recipient of the 2013 Young Investigator Award. The award will be presented at the ASBMB annual meeting in Boston next April.

Shan was recognized for her research that addresses how "a novel class of nucleotide hydrolases drives the efficient and accurate delivery of newly synthesized proteins to their correct destinations."

"This award would not have been possible without the support from my subgroup and division and all the wonderful Caltech students and postdocs who work so hard," says Shan.

"We are extremely happy that ASBMB has selected Shu-ou Shan for the Young Investigators Award," said Jacqueline Barton, Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial Professor, professor of chemistry, and chair of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Caltech. "It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Shan and her team here at Caltech."

Shan's research interfaces between chemistry and biology to understand fundamental cellular processes at the level of chemical and physical principles. More information about Shan's research group at Caltech can be found at

The ASBMB Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding research contributions to biochemistry and molecular biology. The recipient must have no more than 15 years postdoctoral experience. Nominations for these awards are made by ASBMB members, but nominees need not be members. The award consists of a plaque, $5,000, transportation, and expenses to present a lecture at the 2013 ASBMB annual meeting.



Written by Brian Bell