This prize recognizes outstanding contributions to biochemical research and commitment to training younger scientists.
Catherine Drennan, Professor of Biology and Chemistry, has been named the recipient of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s 2023 William C. Rose Award for her outstanding contributions to biochemical research and commitment to training younger scientists.
Drennan’s commitment to teaching and mentorship has been recognized in the past with accolades such as the Committed to Caring Award in 2021 and the MIT MacVicar Fellowship in 2015. A profile of Drennan featured in ASBMB Today included a quote from former Drennan’s former graduate student, Lindsey Backman (PhD ’22), who wrote of Drennan, “She sees people’s highest potential, and then she reassures them of their capabilities and brings out the best in them.”
The Rose Award consists of a plaque, a monetary prize, and transportation to the ASBMB annual meeting to present a lecture.
By combining X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy and other biophysical methods, the goal of the Drennan lab is to “visualize” molecular processes by obtaining snapshots of enzymes in action.