Yuh Min Chook ’88 Honored with Award by Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas

Posted January 22nd, 2015 at 9:36 am.

Yuh Min Chook ’88 will be awarded the 2015 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Science by the Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas. The academy gives four Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards to Texas researchers each year in medicine, science, engineering, and technological innovation. She will be honored on January 22 at the academy’s conference in Houston.

Chook is a professor of pharmacology and biophysics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. According to the Academy, she is known for her studies into the fundamental process of protein transport into and out of a cell’s nucleus. Advances from Chook’s laboratory have been instrumental to the development of potential therapeutics that are now the subject of nearly two dozen clinical trials for a variety of cancers, including those of the blood (leukemia), the brain (neuroblastoma) and the skin (melanoma).

Chook earned a dual undergraduate degree in chemistry and biology from Bryn Mawr and a doctorate in biophysics from Harvard University. She joined the UT Southwestern faculty as an assistant professor and Eugene McDermott Scholar in biomedical research after her postdoctoral research at the University of Toronto/Mount Sinai Hospital in Canada and at New York’s Rockefeller University.

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