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Boal Named a 2014 Searle Scholar in Support of Metalloprotein Structural Biology Research

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Amie Boal, Ph.D.22 April 2014 - Amie Boal, assistant professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and of Chemistry, was recently selected as a 2014 Searle Scholar. The grant will support Boal’s work investigating the relationship between structure, function, and mechanism in metalloproteins.

Amie Boal joined The Pennsylvania State University in 2013. She received an undergraduate degree from Pomona College in 2002 and earned her PhD in 2008 at the California Institute of Technology.  Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State, she completed postdoctoral work at Northwestern University.

The Searle Scholar program was established in 1980 and funded from the estates of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Searle. Searle was the grandson of the founder of G.D. Searle & Company, a life-sciences firm, and it was his wish that certain funds be allocated to support "research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences." Boal and 14 others from universities and research institutes in the United States were selected scholars, each of whom will receive $300,000 to support research programs over the next three years.

The selection of Searle Scholars was based on recommendations made by an advisory board of scientists who are distinguished for their research and leadership. In selecting the scholars, the board looked for scientists who have already demonstrated innovative research with the potential for making significant contributions to biological research over an extended period of time.

Learn more at the Searle Scholars Program website.