MCB Awards and Honors

Prof. Stephen Sligar receives the Christian B. Anfinsen Award

March 2020

The Christian B. Anfinsen Award, sponsored by The Protein Society, recognizes technological achievement or significant methodological advances in the field of protein science. The recipient of this award in 2020 is Professor Stephen Sligar, professor of Biochemistry and former director of the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology.


CDB Professor receives campus teaching award

February 2020

David Rivier, Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, has been selected as the recipient of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.


Brenda Wilson named Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

February 2020

Brenda Wilson, Professor of Microbiology and Associate Director for MCB Undergraduate Education has been elected to the 2020 Class of Academy Fellows.


Erik Nelson named Gunsalus Scholar

February 2020

Erik Nelson, Assistant Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, has been named the 2020-2021 Gunsalus Scholar by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for his work on cholesterol metabolism and cancer.


William Metcalf receives Faculty Excellence Award for Research

January 2020

William Metcalf (Microbiology) was presented with this award by Dr. Milan Bagchi, Director of the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, at the 2019 MCB Holiday Party.


Faculty Excellence Award in Service given to John Cronan

January 2020

John Cronan (Microbiology) was presented with this award by Dr. Milan Bagchi, Director of the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, at the 2019 MCB Holiday Party.


Lori Raetzman given Faculty Excellence Awards in Service and Teaching

January 2020

Lori Raetzman (Molecular and Integrative Physiology) was presented with these awards by Dr. Milan Bagchi, Director of the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, at the 2019 MCB Holiday Party.


Biochemistry Professor David Kranz named an NAI Fellow

December 2019

David Kranz, the Phillip A. Sharp Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Kranz will be formally inducted at the Ninth Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Inventors in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 10, 2020.


Catherine Christian Awarded a 2020-2021 Center for Advanced Study Fellowship

November 2019

Catherine Christian (Molecular and Integrative Physiology) has been awarded a 2020-2021 Center for Advanced Study Fellowship. The Center for Advanced Study sheds light on interdisciplinary thought that starts conversation, inspires action, and transforms the world. Read more about the Center for Advanced Study here.


Prof. Emad Tajkhorshid has been awarded the 2020 Thomas E. Thompson award

September 2019

Emad Tajkhorshid (Biochemistry) has been awarded the 2020 Thomas E. Thompson award for his seminal contributions to advancing our understanding of membrane structure and function. The Thomas E. Thompson award recognizes an outstanding contribution in the field of membrane structure and function. The award will be presented at the Membrane Structure and Function Subgroup (MSAF) symposium during the Annual Meeting. The winner will receive a $1000 cash prize and will be invited to present an award lecture at the symposium. Goals of the Award: Promote excellence in research in membrane structure and assembly. Increase the visibility of MSAF members within the Biophysical Society. Celebrate the legacy of Thomas E. Thompson, a pioneer in the field of membrane structure and assembly, and a former president of the Biophysical Society and Editor-in-Chief of the Biophysical Journal.