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Juli Feigon to Receive 2019 BPS Founders Award

ROCKVILLE, MD – The Biophysical Society (BPS) has named Juli Feigon, Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, its 2019 Founders Award winner. Feigon will be honored at the Society’s 63rd Annual Meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center on March 5, 2019, during the annual Awards Symposium.

Feigon will be recognized for her work in the structural biology of DNA and RNA, pioneering the use of NMR to study structures and dynamics of nucleic acids; establishing the conformational variability of DNA; folding of RNA; solving the first NMR structures of triplexes, quadruplexes, aptamers; and recent landmark studies on the structure and function of the telomerase complex.

“Sometimes the research community does not immediately understand the immediate impact of a single scientist’s contribution to advancing knowledge in the field,” BPS President Angela Gronenborn, University of Pittsburgh. “The Founders Award allows us to call attention to outstanding achievements in biophysics that are accepted and used by others, either immediately or over a period of years. Juli has consistently carried out outstanding work in structural biology of DNA and RNA and nucleic acid/protein complexes and we are excited to celebrate her contributions to our field.”

The Founders Award is given to scientists for outstanding achievement in any area of biophysics. These achievements are often reflected in the acceptance of and use by others in the field, either promptly or over a period of years.

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