Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:19

Our People—Four ASCBers Win New MBL-UChicago Research Award

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oldenbourg and watermanASCB member Clare Waterman (Right) is the PI
of a new MBL-UChicago research grant at MBL
with, among others, Rudolf Oldenbourg.
MBL photo credits: Waterman by Tom
Kleindinst and Oldenbourg by Naoki Noda.
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.

John Fleischman

John is ASCB Senior Science Writer and the author among other things of two nonfiction books for older children, "Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story About Brain Science" and "Black & White Airmen," both from Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt, Boston.

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