Two Young Women Geneticists Receive 2016 Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award; Mary-Claire King Comments

The Genetics Society of America (GSA), the American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG), and The Gruber Foundatio recently announced that Maria Barna, Ph.D., of Stanford University; and Carolyn McBride (photo), Ph.D., of Princeton University, are the 2016 recipients of the Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award. The Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award is funded by The Gruber Foundation and is awarded every three years to two women geneticists at the beginning of their independent research careers. Winners are selected by a joint committee appointed by the GSA and the ASHG from nominees from around the world. The award recognizes outstanding genetics research in two categories: mammalian genetics, including human genetics; and non-mammalian genetics. Each winner will receive a $75,000 award to be used as she chooses for her research. “The Rosalind Franklin Award celebrates the accomplishments of the next generation of young women scientists, who are following the path laid down by our fore-mothers,” said Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., Chair of the Rosalind Franklin Award committee and Professor of Genome Sciences and Medicine (Medical Genetics) at the University of Washington. Dr. King is world-famous for her seminal research into the genetics of breast cancer, which largely enabled the identification of both the BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer genes. “Reading the creative work of these remarkable young women is a great joy for the committee. We congratulate the winners and send our very best wishes for continued success to all the nominees.” Dr. Barna, the 2016 recipient in human and mammalian genetics, uses mouse genetics to understand how ribosomes process information to create proteins for different types of cells and tissues. Dr. Barna received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from New York University and her Ph.D.
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