Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards: Rama Ranganathan, Ph.D. (Science, 2009)

The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST) recognized UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Rama Ranganathan, Ph.D., in 2009 as one of the state’s top rising stars in research.

Dr. Ranganathan was named a recipient of one of three 2009 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards by the academy at its annual conference in Dallas. Dr. Ranganathan is director of the Systems Biology Division of the Cecil H. and Ida Green Comprehensive Center for Molecular, Computational and Systems Biology at UT Southwestern, where he also holds the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Chair in Biomedical Science.

Each year, the O’Donnell Awards honor outstanding achievements by young investigators in science, medicine and engineering. Each award consists of a $25,000 honorarium, a citation and an inscribed statue.

Dr. Ranganathan received the award for science. His work aims to link basic research on molecules and cells with analysis of how biological systems function, both in health and in sickness. The ultimate goal of this field of research is to understand how networks of interactions on various levels — from proteins and cells to tissues and organs — produce well-honed biological systems that are more than the sum of their parts.

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