Jon R. Lorsch will be the new Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Lorsch, currently a professor in the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University and an expert on RNA’s role in translation initiation, will start his new post sometime this summer.
Lorsch earned his Bachelor’s in chemistry from Swarthmore College in 1990 and his PhD from Harvard University in 1995 where his graduate advisor was Jack Szostak. Lorsch did a postdoc at Stanford University with Daniel Herschlag. He joined the Hopkins faculty in 1999 and became a full professor in 2009.
Working in yeast, Lorsch has been studying the mechanism of initiation, particularly how initiation factors recognize and bind RNAs to ribosomes. His research has been funded from NIGMS as well at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDKD) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Lorsch has also been an outspoken advocate for science education reform in graduate and medical curricula. At Hopkins, he launched a summer research program for local high school students, particularly those from underrepresented minorities in science and the behavioral sciences.
Created on Monday, March 25, 2013