ROCKVILLE, MD – The Biophysical Society (BPS) has named Juli Feigon, Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, its 2019 Founders Award winner. Feigon will be honored at the Society's 63rd Annual Meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center on March 5, 2019, during the annual Awards Symposium.
Feigon will be recognized for her work in the structural biology of DNA and RNA, pioneering the use of NMR to study structures and dynamics of nucleic acids; establishing the conformational variability of DNA; folding of RNA; solving the first NMR structures of triplexes, quadruplexes, telomeres; and recent landmark studies on the structure and function of the telomerase complex.
"Sometimes the research community does not immediately understand the immediate impact of a single scientist's contribution to advancing knowledge in the field," BPS President Angela Gronenborn, University of Pittsburgh. "The Founders Award allows us to call attention to outstanding achievements in biophysics that are accepted and used by others, either immediately or over a period of years. Juli has consistently carried out outstanding work in structural biology of DNA and RNA and nucleic acid/protein complexes and we are excited to celebrate her contributions to our field."
The Founders Award is given to scientists for outstanding achievement in any area of biophysics. These achievements are often reflected in the acceptance of and use by others in the field, either promptly or over a period of years.
The Biophysical Society, founded in 1958, is a professional, scientific Society established to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. The Society promotes growth in this expanding field through its annual meeting, monthly journal, and committee and outreach activities. Its 9000 members are located throughout the U.S. and the world, where they teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, laboratories, government agencies, and industry.