Michael Sheetz of Columbia University was named co-winner of this year’s Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for discoveries related to cytoskeletal motor proteins, agents that move cargo within cells, contract muscles, and enable cell movements, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced today.
Sheetz, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor in Columbia’s department of biological sciences, joins with James Spudich of Stanford University’s School of Medicine and Ronald Vale of the University of California, San Francisco, as winners of this year’s research award. Sheetz also serves as director of the Mechanobiology Institute of Singapore at the National University of Singapore. [Read the rest of the article.]