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Joe Lutkenhaus wins the prestigious Horwitz Prize

September 27, 2012

Joe Lutkenhaus, Ph.D.
Joe Lutkenhaus, Ph.D.

Joe Lutkenhaus, Ph.D., a Distinguished Professor of microbiology, molecular genetics and immunology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, has been named one of three winners of the 2012 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize by Columbia University in recognition of his work to understand the intricate, dynamic, and three-dimensional organization of bacterial cells.

Lutkenhaus shares this year's prize with Richard M. Losick, Ph.D., the Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Biology at Harvard University, and Lucy Shapiro, Ph.D., the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Chair in Cancer Research in the Department of Developmental Biology at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Established in 1967, the Horwitz Prize is Columbia University's top honor for achievement in biological and biochemistry research, and is widely considered a precursor to the Nobel Prize. Of the 87 Horwitz Prize winners to date, 42 have gone on to receive Nobels.

"We congratulate Drs. Losick, Lutkenhaus and Shapiro on their important work that has expanded understanding of the life of a cell and are pleased to award them our 2012 Horwitz Prize," said Lee Goldman, M.D., dean of the faculties of health sciences and medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and executive vice president for health and biomedical sciences at Columbia University, in a news release. "In this 45th year since the prize was established, these awardees join an elite group of scientists who have contributed greatly to the basic science that is the foundation of efforts to better understand diseases, develop new treatments, and improve the lives of patients."

"The research of these three superb pioneers has led to major insights into the biochemistry and molecular biology of the living cell. It has helped establish the simple bacterial cell as one of the most powerful models for understanding the cycle of cell life and death," said Gerard Karsenty, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Horwitz Prize Committee and chair of the Department of Genetics and Development at Columbia University Medical Center.

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