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Michael Marletta Reaches Out at West Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce Event

Michael A. Marletta, president and CEO of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), spoke to a sold-out crowd of more than 500 business leaders, elected officials and community members at the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting November 13 in celebration of Scripps Florida’s 10th anniversary.

“Over the last 10 years, Scripps Florida has become the preeminent biomedical research institution in the state,” said Marletta, citing Scripps Florida’s research achievements, educational outreach programs reaching thousands of local students every year, and more than $375 million in federal grant awards. He also extended his thanks to the many partners and friends in Palm Beach who have made Scripps Florida’s achievements possible.

Audience members expressed their appreciation with a standing ovation. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who was a key player bringing TSRI to the state, also sent his congratulations to Marletta and Scripps Florida via a video message.

Faculty Promotion: Vadim Cherezov Becomes Associate Professor

Vadim Cherezov has been promoted to associate professor in The Scripps Research Institute’s Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology as announced at the recent meeting of institute’s Board of Trustees meeting.

The Cherezov lab is focused on understanding how the environment of the biological membrane affects the function of proteins residing within it. Cherezov and his colleagues use lipidic cubic phase as a primary tool to study lipid/protein interactions and to crystallize membrane proteins directly from the lipidic environment, targeting G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), ion channels and transporters.

For additional information, see the Cherezov lab website.

Andrew Ward Wins Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation Award

TSRI Assistant Professor Andrew Ward is the recipient of the 2013 Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation Career Development Award, recognizing promising early-career scientists performing biomedical research initiated in San Diego County.

The award will support Ward’s HIV vaccine research, which utilizes various biophysical techniques to investigate how neutralizing antibodies recognize HIV.

The Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation awards this prize each year to a scientist from TSRI, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies or the University of California, San Diego, who is within the first three years of his or her first faculty assignment.

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President and CEO Michael A. Marletta chats with Emma Ratchford, a fifth grader and STEM Club member at Beacon Cove Intermediate, after he delivered the keynote address to a West Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting. (Photo by David R. Randell.)

Associate Professor Vadim Cherezov studies biological membranes. (Photo by Cindy Brauer.)

Assistant Professor Andrew Ward has won the 2013 Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation Career Development Award. (Photo by Cindy Brauer.)