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Professor Kirill Martemyanov receives ASPET award

Kirill Martemyanov, PhD, professor on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has received the 2018 John J. Abel Award in Pharmacology from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). The award recognizes Martemyanov’s research into how G protein signaling pathways—which are critical targets for many new therapies—are organized and regulated in the retina, heart and brain.

In their recent award announcement, ASPET highlighted Martemyanov’s recent advancements in understanding signaling in the visual system and the central nervous system. Nominator Richard Neubig, MD, PhD, of Michigan State University, calls Martemyanov “an outstanding young molecular pharmacologist and neuroscientist.”

“I am both proud and humbled at the same time. I am very happy that our work on basics of cellular signaling is recognized as important,” says Martemyanov.

The John J. Abel Award is named after the founder of ASPET. It was established in 1946 to stimulate fundamental research in pharmacology and experimental therapeutics. ASPET will present the award during the ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2018 in San Diego on April 21, and Martemyanov will deliver his John J. Abel Award in Pharmacology Lecture, titled “Molecular Control of G protein Signaling,” on April 22.

“What I want to emphasize above all is that all this work is built on contributions of many talented scientists working in the lab over the years—so it is really their accomplishments more than mine,” says Martemyanov. “It is certainly a motivation to keep going, making new discoveries, learning new biology and just having fun doing this.”

TSRI announces two new faculty promotions

The Scripps Research Institute is proud to announce two new faculty promotions:

Joseph Kissil, PhD (FL): Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine

Katja Lamia, PhD (CA): Associate Professor with tenure, Department of Molecular Medicine

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Professor Kirill Martemyanov, PhD (Photo by James McEntee)