May 27, 1999
Vol. 18 No. 17

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    Paul Mueller, Assistant Professor in Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology, has been named one of 10 Kimmel Scholars for 1999 by the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research.

    The Kimmel Scholar Award, which provides $100,000 a year for two years, targets outstanding young investigators early in their careers whose projects embody innovative approaches to basic or translational research. Mueller studies the “internal checkpoints” or guidelines that govern the cell cycle.

    He is particularly interested in the enzymes that cause the cell to go from one stage in the cell cycle to the next. He uses cancer cells, which have cell cycles that are locked into the “divide mode,” to determine how the enzymes work in the hope that his findings may lead to novel cancer treatments.

    Sangram Sisodia, Professor and Chairman of Pharmacological & Physiological Sciences, was recently named by the national Alzheimer’s Association the medical honoree for the Rita Hayworth Gala.

    The event, which took place earlier this month, is designed to raise $1 million to support Alzheimer’s research.

    With more than 200 chapters nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association is the largest U.S. organization dedicated to conquering Alzheimer’s disease through research and public information and support.

    Sisodia was honored for his efforts to pull together a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including genetics and molecular biology, clinical geriatrics and cutting-edge neuroscience to discover the causes of this disorder.