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Faculty, staff, and student awards for 2006
  • Lorraine Santy, research assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Andrey Krasilnikov, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, received the American Heart Association National Scientist Development Awards. (12/1/06)
  • Carsten Krebs, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and of chemistry, received a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. (9/19/06)

  • Andrea Mastro, professor of microbiology and cell biology and the director of the Immunomodulation Core Laboratory with the General Clinical Research Center at Penn State, was named to the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) as Vice-President for North Central Pennsylvania. (10/5/06)

  • Andrey Krasilnikov, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Anton Nekrutenko, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, were named 2006 Beckman Young Investigators.

  • Rob Cicchillo, a BMMB graduate student in Squire Booker's lab, won the 2006 Graduate School Alumni Dissertation Award and a prize of $5000.  The award has been in existence five years, and each year a BMMB student has received the award.  Previous winners were Kate Huisinga (Pugh), Shilpa Mehta (Ng), Yumiko Sakuragi (Bryant) and Lana Saleh (Bollinger).

  • T. Ming Chu, who received his Ph.D. from our department in 1967, was the 2006 recipient of the Graduate School Alumni Society‚Äôs Humanitarian Award. Last year, the first time the award was presented, the recipient was Bob Shaler, who received his Ph.D. in our department, is now a faculty member in our department, and is director of Forensic Sciences at Penn State.  Ming Chu developed and patented the prostatic-specific antigen (PSA) test.

  • Peter Eric Dowd, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was selected as the first recipient of the Robert T. Simpson Graduate Student Award for Innovative Research.

  • Mitchell Holland, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, was invited by the National Center for Forensic Science (NCFS) to participate on two focus groups supported by the National Institutes of Justice (NIJ), one titled "Identifying the Missing" and the other titled "Mass Fatality Incident Management."

  • Teh-hui Kao, chair of the plant physiology program and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, was awarded the 2005/2006 Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award for his service to the Plant Physiology Graduate Program.

  • Frank Pugh, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, was selected to receive the 2005/2006 Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Life and Health Sciences.