APSUO Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award
2012 Winner: Damian C. Ekiert
The APS Users Organization and the Advanced Photon Source is
pleased to announce that the 2012 APSUO Rosalind Franklin Young
Investigator Award winner is Damian C. Ekiert, currently a postdoctoral
fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. Nominated by Ian
Wilson (Scripps), Damian carried out structural and functional studies
of the influenza virus envelope glycoprotein hemagglutinin (HA) to
understand how our immune system can neutralize the virus through
interaction with the HA to prevent receptor binding and fusion.
According to Wilson, Danian's thesis work was "simply spectacular and
led to new optimism for development of a universal flu vaccine."
The Selection Committee had a very difficult time because all
of the nominees were outstanding. The scientific community at the APS
is fortunate to have individuals of this caliber among its young
scientists. The APSUO thanks all the nominators for their time and
effort in identifying and nurturing such outstanding young people.
Read more about the Franklin Award and Damian Ekiert and his research.