The Stanford Medicine Alumni Association (SMAA) has announced that Susan Marqusee, MD ’90, PhD ‘90, will receive the prestigious Arthur Kornberg and Paul Berg Lifetime Achievement Award in Biomedical Sciences. She will be honored at a dinner held on the Stanford School of Medicine campus on December 9.
“Dr. Marqusee has made extraordinary advances impacting medical science and education, and we are thrilled to honor her remarkable accomplishments,” says Lila Hope, PhD ‘99, SMAA president.
Dr. Marqusee is the Warren Eveland Chair and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, Division of Biophysics, Biochemistry and Structural Biology, at the University of California, Berkeley and the Berkeley Director of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3). She received her AB in Physics and Chemistry from Cornell University in 1982, and her MD and PhD (Biochemistry) from Stanford in 1990. After a post-doctoral fellowship at MIT, she joined the UC Berkeley faculty as Assistant Professor in 1992, advancing to Associate and Full Professor in 1998 and 2001, respectively. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Biophysical Society, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Marqusee is one of the world’s top experimental scientists in the field of protein folding. She is known for many contributions, including the first de novo design of a short peptide that folds into a specific structure (alpha helix), the application of novel hydrogen exchange methods to measure rare partially structured conformers, and the mechanical manipulation of single protein molecules. Her work has produced the most detailed view of the energy landscape of a protein, has validated the hierarchical model of protein folding, and has provided the experimental foundations for theoreticians working in the area. Her work impacts many other areas of research, ranging from the physical chemistry of macromolecules to the design of therapeutics that prevent the aggregation of proteins which lead to common diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
The Arthur Kornberg and Paul Berg Lifetime Achievement Award in Biomedical Sciences honors the legacy of Arthur Kornberg, MD, and Paul Berg, PhD, medical science pioneers and Nobel laureates who brought to Stanford a passion for discovery and groundbreaking research. Established in 2010, this award acknowledges and celebrates the lifetime career achievements of Stanford University School of Medicine alumni in the biomedical sciences. Several previous winners have gone on to win other prestigious awards including the Nobel Prize.