The University of Chicago (UChicago) and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have made their first joint research award since MBL became a UChicago affiliate last year to a group headed by ASCB member Clare Waterman with three other ASCB members as co-investigators. The Frank R. Lillie Research Innovation Award will support cross-disciplinary research at MBL in Woods Hole, MA, into integrin activation and actin dynamics during cell migration. The $125,000 award honors both MBL's 125th anniversary and Frank Lillie, who was chair of Zoology at UChicago and the second director of MBL in the early 20th century.
Waterman, a former ASCB Council member, is at the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The three ASCB co-investigators are Timothy Springer, Harvard Medical School (HMS), Rudolf Oldenbourg, MBL Cellular Dynamics Program, and Satyajit Mayor, National Center for Biological Science (NCBS), Bangalore, India. The grant proposal grew out of work that Waterman and Mayor began at the 2012 MBL Physiology Course when Waterman was course director and Mayor a course instructor. Others named on the award include Tomomi Tani, MBL, Vinay Swaminathan, NHLBI, Pontus Nordenfelt, HMS, Joseph K. Mathew, NCBS, and Shalin Mehta, MBL.