The Emil Thomas Kaiser Award

Emil Thomas Kaiser
1938-1988

In 1995, The Protein Society established The Emil Thomas Kaiser Award. Dr. Kaiser’s highly original research, including the profoundly significant discovery of the necessity amphiphilic helices to biological life, can be said to have introduced a new field of chemistry. In this tradition, The Emil Thomas Kaiser Award recognizes a recent, highly significant contribution in applying chemistry to the study of proteins. 

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2015 Emil Thomas Kaiser Award Winner, Anna Mapp, University of Michigan

2015 Emil Thomas Kaiser Award Winner, Anna Mapp, University of Michigan

The 2015 The Emil Thomas Kaiser Award recipient is Dr. Anna Mapp (University of Michigan).  Dr. Mapp uses innovative chemical biology in which insight into protein-protein interactions is used to inspire the design, synthesis, and screening of small molecules that can then be used to modulate those interactions to provide molecular-level insight into how genes are regulated at the transcriptional level. Her work has captured the molecular detail of transcriptional activators interacting with the transcriptional machinery in vivo, defining the resulting complexes kinetically and thermodynamically, work that is regarded as a landmark accomplishment.  Small molecules developed in her pioneering work are deployed not only as mechanistic probes, but also as first-generation, transcription-targeted therapeutics.  Her research provide a quintessential example of successful scientific reductionism—distilling a complex biological problem into the realm of chemistry.

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History of The Emil Thomas Kaiser Award

Recipients of the Emil Thomas Kaiser Award include: Carol Fierke (2014), Wilfred Van Der Donk (2013), Jeffery Kelly (2011), Suzanne Walker (2010), Donald Hilvert (2009), JoAnne Stubbe (2008), Michael Marletta (2007), Barbara Imperiali (2006).  Previous recipients, sponsored by SynPep Corporation, include: Ronald Raines (2005), Homme Hellinga (2004), Michael Hecht (2003), and Steve Kent (2002).  The award was previously named the Amgen Lectureship, under which recipients included Robert Sauer (2001), David Eisenberg (2000), Randy Schekman (1999), M. Yoshida (1998), Stan Prusiner (1997), T. Tsukihara and S. Yoshikawa  (1996), and, Jane and David Richardson (1995).

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Nominations

2016 nominations will be accepted starting in May, 2015.

The 2015 awards will be presented at the 29th Annual Symposium of The Protein Society in Barcelona, Spain (July 22-25, 2015).