2019 ASBMB Award Winner

Posted on April 02, 2019


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At the Experimental Biology Meeting this April, we at Avanti had the honor of sponsoring two awards given to a few incredible researchers who have positively impacted the world of lipid science.

ASBMB Awards: The Event

Hosted by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Experimental Biology Meeting took place in Orlando, Florida this year. At this prestigious event, researchers in life sciences and biomedicine from around the world gather to network and share their latest discoveries and advancements. The meeting hosts anyone interested in anatomy, biochemistry, molecular biology, investigative pathology, pharmacology, or physiology.

This year, attendees had access to more than 50 sessions on the latest in life science, the opportunity to meet members of 300 companies in the field, the chance to hear over 5,000 poster presentations, and more.

The Winners and their Work

Every year, outstanding research contributions in the area of lipids are recognized. This year, the Avanti Award in Lipids was awarded to Vytas Bankaitis, a professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center and a past director of the ASBMB Lipid Research Division. While Avanti does not play any role in the selection of this award winner, we are thrilled to see Dr. Bankaitis recognized for his research of the regulatory interfaces between novel lipid-mediated signal transduction pathways and important cellular functions. As part of the award, Bankaitis took home $3,000 in cash.

The second award that we present every year is the Walter A. Shaw Young Investigator Award. This award was established by ASBMB’s Lipid Research Division and recognizes outstanding research contributions in lipids by assistant professors (or equivalent) with no more than 10 years of experience since receiving a PhD or MD degree. This year’s winner is Shu Sin Chng, an assistant professor at the National University of Singapore.

While we had no influence over choosing the winner, we are honored to be able to recognize Dr. Chng’s research around understanding how biological membranes are assembled in cells. More specifically, he works to discover the detailed workings of inter-membrane lipid trafficking in Gram-negative bacteria and mycobacteria, and to pinpoint protein targets for antibiotics discovery. As part of the award from Avanti, Chng won a $2,000 cash prize.

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