A scientist from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has been selected to receive the prestigious Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Science for 2015. Dr. Yuh Min Chook is currently a professor of pharmacology and biophysics at UT Southwestern, and is widely known for her pivotal work on the process of protein transport across cell nuclei. The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) will be honoring her on Thursday, January 22, 2015, during the 12th Annual TAMEST Conference in Houston.
“I am deeply honored to receive the O’Donnell Award in Science, which recognizes the work of many excellent students, postdocs and researchers in my laboratory,” said Dr. Chook. “I am grateful for the tremendous support from my colleagues in the departments of pharmacology and biophysics, especially Dr. David Mangelsdorf, Chairman of Pharmacology, and former Chair Dr. Alfred Gilman, Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology and 1994 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, and for the very collaborative environment our leaders at UT Southwestern have built.”
Dr. Chook is the recipient of one of only four of TAMEST’s annual Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards, which recognize key Texas researchers that have made significant contributions in medicine, science, engineering, and technological innovation, and whose work addresses some of today’s unmet medical needs. Each awardee takes home a cash prize worth $25,000, an award citation, trophy, and an invitation to be a speaker at the upcoming TAMEST conference.
Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, UT Southwestern Medical Center’s president, congratulated Dr. Chook on being selected to receive such a visionary and esteemed award. Her work on cellular transport has broad biologic applications, and has proved to be fundamental in many of today’s efforts to develop treatments for serious and uncommon types of cancer such as leukemia, neuroblastoma, and melanoma.