Yeast Genetics Meeting Lifetime Achievement Award
Tom Petes is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the Duke University School of Medicine. His research concerns the mechanisms of meiotic and mitotic recombination, DNA repair, the control of telomere length, and the genetic regulation of genome stability (emphasizing instability caused by mutations affecting DNA replication) in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. One recent area of research is how the frequency of mutations and chromosome rearrangements varies in different regions of the genome.
Trisha Davis is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington. She holds the Earl W. Davie/Zymogenetics Endowed Chair. She led the Yeast Resource Center for 15 years. The YRC was an NIH-supported center that developed proteomic technologies for the yeast scientific community. Dr. Davis’s research concerns the molecular mechanisms of chromosome segregation.
Ira Herskowitz Award
Maya Schuldiner is a Professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Her lab develops high-throughput approaches for screening of yeast libraries and her research then harnesses these approaches to systematically study organelle biology and uncover functions for unknown organelle proteins.
Lee Hartwell Lecture
Michael Desai is a Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and of Physics at Harvard University. His research focuses on evolutionary dynamics and population genetics, particularly in rapidly evolving microbial populations where linked selection and hitchhiking are widespread.