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Of Note

Faculty Promotions: Mark Mayford, Katrin Karbstein, Courtney Miller, Laurent Mosnier, Hendrik Szurmant, Changchun Xiao

Six faculty promotions at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) were announced at a recent meeting of the institute’s Board of Trustees. Promoted faculty members and their titles are:

  • Mark Mayford, professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. Mayford’s lab is investigating the molecular events involved in learning and memory
  • Katrin Karbstein, associate professor with tenure in the Department of Cancer Biology. Research in her lab focuses on mechanisms to regulate and quality-check ribosome assembly
  • Courtney Miller, associate professor in the Department of Metabolism and Aging. Her team is working to understand the biological underpinnings of memory disorders
  • Laurent Mosnier, associate professor in the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine. His lab focuses on basic and translational research for vascular, thrombotic and inflammatory diseases, specifically investigating molecular mechanisms of cytoprotective actions mediated by coagulation proteases
  • Hendrik Szurmant, associate professor in the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine. His research focuses on the mechanisms of signal detection and transmission in Gram-positive bacteria
  • Changchun Xiao, associate professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbial Science. His team studies the functions of microRNA control and their underlying molecular mechanisms in the immune system, under health and disease conditions

Lerner Paper Reaches Top 10 in F1000 Prime Ranking

A study led by Richard Lerner, TSRI Institute Professor and Lita Annenberg Hazen Professor of Immunochemistry, was posted recently in a Current Top 10 ranking in the F1000 Prime directory of articles in biology and medicine. Current Top 10 rankings are generated every day using the articles recommended in F1000 Prime during the preceding 14 days. The study was also featured in the F1000 Prime Current Most Viewed list.

The paper, “A structurally distinct human mycoplasma protein that generically blocks antigen-antibody union,”  by Grover et al., was published in the February 7, 2014 issue of Science.

The F1000 Prime directory, a service of the Faculty of 1000 group, ranks articles recommended by more than 5,000 expert scientists and clinical researchers and covers more than 40 disciplines and 3,5000 journals. The rated articles include expert commentaries that explain their importance.

The paper was also highlighted in Nature Reviews Microbiology, Chemical & Engineering News and News@JAMA. For more information, see also News&Views article “The Ultimate Decoy: Scientists Find Unique Protein that Misdirects Immune System.”

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Mark Mayford (left) is now professor; Katrin Karbstein, associate professor with tenure.

Courtney Miller (top left), Laurent Mosnier (top right), Hendrik Szurmant (bottom left) and Changchun Xiao have been promoted to the rank of associate professor.