The RNA Society is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 RNA Society Early- and Mid-Career Awards. Please join us in congratulating the two award recipients at the RNA 2018 conference to be held May 29 to June 3, 2018, in Berkeley, California.
2018 Early-Career Award Winner
Andrei Korostelev – Dr. Korostelev is an Associate Professor at the RNA Therapeutics Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester. He was nominated for having “brought molecular cinematography to the field of ribosome function, bringing to life the detailed movements, molecular rearrangements and dynamic atomic interactions that make protein synthesis so accurate”. His work is relevant to understanding viral and bacterial infections and the mechanisms of action of antibiotics. He has been a full member of the RNA Society since 2011 and has presented his work at several meetings of the Society.
2018 Mid-Career Award Winner
Erik Sontheimer – Dr. Sontheimer is a Professor at the RNA Therapeutics Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester. He receives the Award for his contributions to our understanding of molecular mechanisms of CRISPR-Cas RNA-guided DNA targeting, which has opened unprecedented opportunities for genome editing. He has been a member of the RNA Society since 1995, Associate Editor of RNA since 2011, served on the Board of Directors from 2019-2010, a member of the Meetings Committee since 2014, chaired the Nominations Committee in 2006 and was an organizer of the RNA Society Meetings of 2007 and 2016.