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Peter Schultz to Lead New Institute

Scripps Research Professor Peter Schultz will lead a new nonprofit biomedical research institute in San Diego called the California Institute for Biomedical Research (Calibr). The institute, funded by the pharmaceutical company Merck with up to $90 million over seven years, aims to offer academic scientists a streamlined, efficient, and flexible path for translating their biomedical research into novel medicines.

Schultz, who will remain Scripps Family Chair Professor in the Department of Chemistry and a member of the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at Scripps Research, underlines the opportunities for collaboration with the new institute for scientists at Scripps Research and other leading biomedical research institutions around the world.

For more information on Calibr, see the announcement from Merck. For more information on Schultz, see his Scripps Research faculty web page and laboratory website.

Dennis Burton Delivers Bernard Fields Lecture

Scripps Research Professor Dennis Burton delivered the Bernard Fields Award Lecture to a 4,500-member audience at the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle.

The lectureship—named in memory of a leading microbiologist and virologist who strongly influenced the direction of viral research—recognizes a basic scientist who has made important and timely contributions to virology and viral pathogenesis.

The four-day conference is an annual scientific meeting of leading HIV/AIDS researchers from throughout the world. Burton’s presentation was titled, “Defying the Structure and Variability of HIV with Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies.”

Yang Lab Paper Named ‘Paper of the Week’

A paper from the Yang lab, “tRNA controlled nuclear import of a human tRNA synthetase” by Guangsen Fu, Tao Xu, Yi Shi, Na Wei, and Xiang-Lei Yang, has been selected "Paper of the Week" by the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Only the top one percent of manuscripts reviewed each year by the journal receive this designation. The paper is available online at the Journal of Biological Chemistry website.

Xin Zhang Receives ACS Nobel Signature Award

Xin Zhang, currently a Helen Hay Whiney postdoctoral fellow in the Kelly lab, has received the Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry with mentor Shu-ou Shan, professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology.

Presented by the American Chemistry Society (ACS) and established in 1978 by Avantor™ Performance Materials, the award recognizes an outstanding graduate student and her or his preceptor(s) in the field of chemistry. According to the award announcement, Zhang was cited for his “pioneering mechanistic studies on the fidelity of protein targeting mediated by the signal recognition particle system.”

The award will be presented at the 2012 ACS National Awards Program Ceremony and General Meeting, March 27 in San Diego.

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More than 50 Fellows Honor Michael Oldstone

More than 50 former postdoctoral fellows who trained with Scripps Research Professor Michael Oldstone (left) over the past 45 years traveled from throughout the United States and abroad to attend a one-day symposium March 9 recognizing his legacy of mentoring. Shown above with Oldstone is Yusuke Yanagi, chairman of virology at Kyushu University in Japan. Yanagi was a postdoc in the Oldstone lab from 1988 to 1992.