The spirit of Alan Hall is sending grad student Bram Lambrus to San Francisco this week to present a poster on Monday at ASCB 2016. Lambrus is the winner of the first Alan Hall Travel Award set up by the Journal of Cell Biology (JCB) in honor of Hall whose death at 62 last May stunned the cell research community in the UK and US. At the time of his death, Hall was Editor-in-Chief of JCB and Chair of the Cell Biology Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
In science, Hall was known for his pioneer work on the Rho GTPases in signal transduction pathways involved in cytoskeleton assembly and related integrin adhesion complexes. Rho GTPases have now been linked to everything from cancer cell motility to arterial inflammation.
Lambrus who is in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, was chosen by the JCB editors as their first Alan Hall travel award winner. He will presents “A novel signaling pathway triggers cell cycle arrest in response to mitotic stresses generated by centrosome loss or prolonged mitosis” at the Monday afternoon poster session, 1:30—3:00 pm, in the ASCB Learning Center in San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center. The presentation is B422/P1037.