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09/26/1996 07:00:00

Paul Sternberg Receives Grant from the Seaver Institute for Molecular Genetics Research

PASADENA—Paul Sternberg, professor of biology at the California Institute of Technology, has been awarded a one year, $100,000 grant from the Seaver Institute in support of his work in molecular genetics.

Sternberg's research identifies and studies genes necessary for normal development. His research has contributed to the understanding of the universal pathway of signaling between animal cells. He hopes this current work will lead him to a better knowledge of basic life processes and the formation of cancer and its progression.

Sternberg, a graduate of Hampshire College in 1978 with a BA in biology and mathematics, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984 with a PhD in biology, joined the Caltech faculty in 1987. In 1989 he became an assistant investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, advancing to associate investigator in 1992.

The Seaver Institute was established in 1955 by Frank Roger Seaver. Built around a deep respect for individual achievement and an unwavering commitment to excellence, the foundation has always reflected his concern for academic performance, scientific investigation, and cultural expression. Since his death in 1964, the Institute's central aims have remained consistent with this philosophy. The Seaver Institute focuses its giving program on four essential areas: scientific and medical research, education, public affairs, and the cultural arts.