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29.01.20 Julie Ahringer honoured with the Beadle Award from the Genetics Society of America

last modified Jan 30, 2020 11:12 AM
The GSA today announced the 2020 recipients of its annual awards for distinguished service in the field of genetics. Gurdon Institute Director Julie Ahringer receives the George W. Beadle Award for outstanding contributions to the community of genetics researchers.

GSA's George W. Beadle Award 2020 goes to Julie Ahringer

The Genetics Society of America (GSA) honours outstanding contributions to genetics with its 2020 annual awards. The recipients are recognised for a broad range of critical contributions to science, including scientific discoveries, mentoring, creation of community resources, and education.

Prof Ahringer's award specifically recognises her "development of critical tools and key datasets for studies of genetics and transcriptional regulation in Caenorhabditis elegans and beyond".

Prof Ahringer developed the first genome-wide RNAi library (as she describes in this short video about her research) used by hundreds of scientists worldwide.

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Julie Ahringer, Director and Senior Group Leader, The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge and Professor of Genetics and Genomics, Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge.

"I'm very honoured to have been selected to receive the Beadle award', says Prof Ahringer, adding "I want to recognise and thank past and present members of my lab - the award directly reflects their amazing contributions - and also my many collaborators and colleagues in the worm field. It's been hugely rewarding seeing the great science facilitated by our work".

Founded in 1931, the GSA is the professional membership organization for scientific researchers and educators in the field of genetics.

The George W. Beadle Award honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the community of genetics researchers. Recipients of the Beadle Award must have contributed to the genetics community beyond an exemplary research career. GSA established the award in 1999.

The GSA 2020 awardees will be recognised with presentations at The Allied Genetics Conference, April 22–26, 2020 in the metro Washington, DC area.

Studying development to understand disease

The Gurdon Institute is funded by Wellcome and Cancer Research UK to study the biology of development, and how normal growth and maintenance go wrong in cancer and other diseases.

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