Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award Recipient: Kim Orth, Ph.D. (Science, 2011)
Some of the most dangerous bacteria help Kim Orth, Ph.D., learn about how our body works

The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) recognized Kim Orth, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at UT Southwestern Medical Center, in 2011 as one of the state’s top rising stars in research.

Dr. Orth was named a recipient of one of four 2011 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards by the academy at its annual conference in Austin.

Each year, the O’Donnell Awards honor outstanding achievements by early-career investigators in science, medicine, engineering and technology innovation. Each award consists of a $25,000 honorarium, a citation, and an inscribed statue. Dr. Orth received the award for science.

Dr. Orth has discovered new mechanisms by which invading bacteria hijack and deregulate a cell’s signaling systems, cutting off the cell’s ability to communicate with immune-system cells that are needed to fight off disease.

Her studies of these mechanisms have important implications in medicine, especially in understanding and potentially treating infectious diseases and immune-related diseases.

The video is courtesy of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST).