Vol 10. Issue 28 / September 27, 2010

Board Announcements:
Senior Faculty Promotions

As part of the September 2010 meeting of The Scripps Research Institute Board of Trustees, three senior faculty promotions were announced.

Jin-Quan Yu has been promoted to the rank of full professor in the Department of Chemistry. Yu (B.S., East China Normal University; Ph.D., Cambridge University, United Kingdom) arrived at Scripps Research in 2007. His research focuses on the discovery of regioselective and enantioselective reactions based on C-H activations and applying these reactions to drug discovery and natural product synthesis. For more information on Yu's work, see his faculty web page, the Yu lab website, or News&Views article "Team Develops Cheap, Easy 'Kitchen Chemistry' to Perform Formerly Complex Synthesis."

Mark Mayford has been promoted to associate professor with tenure in the Department of Cell Biology and the Institute for Childhood and Neglected Diseases. Mayford (B.S., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) arrived at Scripps Research in 2000. His laboratory focuses on using genetic manipulation to investigate the molecular events involved in learning and memory. For more information, see the Mayford faculty web page or News&Views articles "Study Uncovers New Mechanism of Long-Term Memory Formation," "Memento: Exploring the Mysteries of Memory," or "Researchers Pinpoint Specific Neurons Involved in Memory Formation."

Pietro Sanna has been promoted to associate professor with tenure in the Molecular and Integrative Neurosciences Department. Sanna (Maturitá Scientifica, Istituto Demerode, Rome, Italy; M.D., Post-Graduate Specialty in Pharmacology, Universitá Cattolica, Rome, Italy) first arrived at the institute as a postdoctoral fellow in 1987. He is interested in the molecular bases of forms of neural plasticity associated with physiologic events, such as learning, and pathologic events, such as the development of substance dependence. For more information on some of Sanna's work, see the News&Views article "Persistent Memories of Cocaine."





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