- for his pioneering work on the structure and function of extracellular surface layers that surround and protect prokaryotic cells.
- Edward Dennis spoke about how membranes interact allosterically with enzymes in his Vallee Lecture at the ASBMB Annual Meeting in April.
- in recognition of their outstanding work in the fields of bio-organic chemistry (Benkovic) and RNA and structural biology (Conti).
- Vallee Foundation Director and Vallee Visiting Professor Carol V Robinson,
- for pioneering the development of super-resolution microscopy and genome-scale imaging showing new spatial and functional organizations of molecules
Vallee Scholar Melissa Harrison, PhD, talks about the research in her lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr Harrison's lab uses the fruit fly - drosophila melanogaster - to look closely at the developmental transitions from DNA to adult cells. Her lab shut down for three months in early 2020 because of the pandemic, but - with some modifications - has been able to function pretty much at capacity since then.
While many research laboratories around the country were shut down last spring, work related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus has continued apace. Vallee Scholar Andrew Kruse, PhD, Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School, who is interested in the mechanistic basis for protein-to-protein interactions, recently spoke about his work using a library of synthetic, yeast-based antibodies he has developed.