Jean Beggs: 2018 RNA Society Lifetime Achievement Award

We are pleased to announce that Jean Beggs has been awarded the RNA Society’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Jean Beggs has a long track record of innovative work, especially in examining the mechanism of the yeast splicing machinery.  Her work on helicase and its interactions elegantly combined genetic, metabolic and structural analyses to provide a dynamic model of the interactions in the spliceosome complex.

Recently, she has made remarkable insights into how the rate of transcription affects splicing fidelity. Combined with her identification of the splice-dependent pausing of RNA pol II these findings lead to a better understanding of the coupling between transcription and RNA processing.

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Jean is the Royal Society Darwin Trust Professor in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology at the University of Edinburgh. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (since 1995) and a Fellow of the Royal Society (since 1998). In 2003, she was awarded the Royal Society’s Gabor Medal “for her contributions to the isolation and manipulation of recombinant DNA molecules in a eukaryotic organism, adding a new dimension to molecular and cellular biology”. She received a CBE in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honors for her services to science, and was the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Vice President for Life Sciences from 2009 to 2012. She has served the RNA Society as conference organizer (1994 & 1996), board member (1998-1999), committee member and poster judge. She was awarded the RNA Society’s Lifetime Service award in 2005.

We hope you will join us in congratulating her for her many achievements. We invite you to join us at RNA 2018 in Berkeley, California, where she will receive the award.