Zhijian "James" Chen wins 2012 NAS Award in Molecular Biology

Zhijian "James" Chen was awarded the 2012 National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology. The award recognizes "a recent notable discovery in molecular biology" by an American scientist under age 45.

The Academy recognized "his creative use of elegant biochemistry both in elucidating an unsuspected role for polyubiquitin in a kinase signaling cascade important for cancer and immunity and in discovering a novel link between innate immunity and a mitochondrial membrane protein that forms prion-like polymers to trigger antiviral responses."