Steven Clarke, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been named the 2018 recipient of the William C. Rose Award, presented by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The award honors outstanding contributions to biochemical and molecular biological research and a demonstrated commitment to the training of younger scientists. Clarke will be honored at the society’s annual meeting in San Diego in April, where he will present a research lecture.

Clarke’s research expertise focuses on the biochemistry of the aging process, including protein aging and novel molecular repair mechanisms. He is the recipient of many honors, including an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry, an American Chemical Society Ralph F. Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry, a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health, and a Senior Scholar Award in Aging from the Ellison Medical Foundation, and has been a UCLA Faculty Research Lecturer.

Since 1988, Clarke has served as director of UCLA’s innovative Cellular and Molecular Biology Training Program, which the National Institutes of Health renewed last year for another five years. The program prepares the next generation of doctoral students in the fields of genomics, proteomics, systems biology, quantitative and structural biology, stem cell biology and bioinformatics for successful careers in the biosciences. It has supported more than 500 students, most of whom are currently in full-time positions in research, teaching and biotechnology.

Clarke is UCLA’s third Rose Award winner; the others are Nobel Laureate professor emeritus Paul Boyer and William Wickner, a former member of UCLA’s Molecular Biology Institute.

To learn more about Clarke’s research, visit his research group’s website.