Newsmaker — Feburary/March 2010

Dr. David Russell, professor of molecular genetics, has received the 2010 Avanti Award in Lipids, bestowed by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). The Avanti
Award recognizes outstanding research contributions in the area of lipids.

Dr. Russell’s research focuses on the metabolic breakdown of cholesterol into other components such as sterol hormones, vitamins and bile acids. Through a combination of basic biochemical studies and genetic analyses knocking out individual genes involved in cholesterol metabolism, Dr. Russell’s laboratory has determined the precise role of enzymes involved in the cholesterol degradation pathway.

The Avanti Award in Lipids consists of a plaque, a cash prize and the opportunity to present a lecture at the annual meeting of the ASBMB, to be held in April. Dr. Russell, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, holds the Eugene McDermott Distinguished Chair in Molecular Genetics.