Michelle M. Le Beau, PhD, and Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, are featured.
Michelle M. Le Beau, PhD, director of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center in Illinois, received the Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Virtual Annual Meeting II in June. Her research focuses on using genetic tools to identify recurring chromosomal abnormalities in human leukemias, including inversions, translocations, and deletions of chromosomes 5 and 7 that occur after treatment. Le Beau is also a professor of medicine, a professor of human genetics, and a professor of cancer research at the University of Chicago.
Also at the AACR meeting, Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research in Cambridge, MA, received the AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research. Sharp won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for co-discovering RNA splicing, after which he investigated the biochemical mechanisms of RNA splicing and mammalian transcription. His current research centers on noncoding RNA. His lab is studying the role of microRNA in gene regulation and working to identify target mRNAs of microRNAs.
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