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Elliot L. Elson to Receive the 2020 Ignacio Tinoco Award

ROCKVILLE, MD – The Biophysical Society is pleased to announce that Elliot L. Elson, PhD, Alumni Endowed Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics, Washington University in St. Louis, USA will receive the 2020 Ignacio Tinoco Award. Elson will be honored at the Society’s 64th Annual Meeting at the San Diego Convention California, February 15-19.

The Award, founded in 2018, recognizes meritorious investigators who make fundamental and/or seminal contributions to the physical chemistry of biopolymers and/or who actively promote and sustain a collaborative, inclusive, and engaging research environment in the field. Elson is being recognized for his leadership in developing new approaches and analyses for the study of biopolymers and establishing a cooperative and generous environment that has promoted the success of others.

“This award honors the legacy of Ignacio “Nacho” Tinoco, who challenged our community to continually push our fundamental understanding of biophysics,” said BPS President Dave Piston, Washington University in St. Louis. “He promoted an open, inclusive, and collaborative research environment in his field, positively impacting all of those who were around him. Elliot honors the example set forth by Nacho and we are pleased to award him for his commitment to fostering inclusive and collaborative research teams.”

The Ignacio "Nacho" Tinoco Award honors the scientific contributions, work, and life of an outstanding biophysical chemist, educator, and mentor. Tinoco’s contributions to the spectroscopic, thermodynamic, structural, and single-molecule study of biopolymers consistently deepened our understanding of fundamental biophysical principles, constantly moving this field toward new frontiers. Through his unconditional devotion to science, he established a highly cooperative, generous, inclusive, and friendly environment for scientific discovery and advancement. This award recognizes meritorious investigators who make fundamental and/or seminal contributions to the physical chemistry of biopolymers and/or who actively promote and sustain a collaborative, inclusive, and engaging research environment in the field.



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