Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards: Yuh Min Chook, Ph.D. (Science, 2015)

The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST) selected Yuh Min Chook, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and of Biophysics at UT Southwestern Medical Center, as the recipient of the 2015 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Science.

Dr. Chook, a biophysicist known for her landmark studies into the fundamental process of protein transport into and out of the cell’s nucleus, will be honored Jan. 22, 2015, during TAMEST’s 12th annual conference in Houston.

TAMEST presents four Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards each year – in medicine, science, engineering, and technological innovation – to recognize Texas researchers whose work exemplifies excellence in advancing understanding of important unmet needs. Each award consists of a $25,000 honorarium, a citation, a trophy, and an invitation to speak at the conference.

Advances from Dr. Chook’s laboratory have been instrumental to the development of potential therapeutics that are now the subject of nearly two dozen clinical trials for a variety of cancers, including those of the blood (leukemia), the brain (neuroblastoma), and the skin (melanoma).

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