|Scott A. Strobel
Scott Strobel wins prestigious award for his multidisciplinary research on RNA
Scott A. Strobel, professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry, has
been awarded the prestigious Schering-Plough Research Institute Award.
The award is given by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
to recognize outstanding scientific contributions made by young researchers
early in their careers.
Strobel gave the award lecture, titled “Three Views of RNA Catalysis:
Ribozymes, Ribosomes and Riboswitches,” at the society’s annual
meeting in San Diego on April 6.
Strobel is a leader at the interface between chemical and structural biology
and is an expert on the function of RNA. His lab uses insights from several
disciplines, including biochemistry and molecular biology, and employs such
technologies as organic synthesis and X-ray crystallography to study reactions
catalyzed by RNA. Many scientists now use techniques that he developed to study
“Scott Strobel has made seminal contributions to our understanding of the
structure and functions of RNA in nature,” said Provost Andrew D. Hamilton. “He
has provided not only detailed mechanistic insights into the chemistry of RNA
but has revealed the beauty in the complexity of its catalytic role.”
Strobel has been at Yale for the past 12 years and has served as chair of the
Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry for the past two years.
Prior to coming to Yale, Strobel did his postdoctoral work with Nobel Prize
winner Thomas R. Cech at the University of Colorado.
With the support of a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute,
Strobel has designed an innovative new course to engage students in science
and to “give them control of scientific decisions and inspire them to
see science as something they can do.” As part of the course, students
travel to the rainforest to search for plants and analyze endophytes for novel
Strobel says the support of organizations such as the American Society of Biochemistry
and Molecular Biology is crucial for the development of professional scientists.
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