The Protein Society will be awarding its 2017 Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award to UCLA’s Juli Feigon, a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, to recognize her exceptional contributions to protein science.

Feigon’s studies on proteins revolve around proteins interacting with DNA and RNA. These interactions are imperative to understanding DNA replication and repair and regulation of gene expression. Feigon’s recent accomplishment is structural analysis of Tetrahymena telomerase, a multi-subunit RNA and protein complex responsible for maintenance of the ends of chromosomes. Her research provides new mechanistic knowledge of telomerase function, which is associated with aging and cancer.

The Protein Society is a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance state-of-the-art science through international forums that promote communication, cooperation and collaboration among scientists involved in the study of proteins. 

Feigon received her B.A. from Occidental College and her M.S. and Ph.D. from UC San Diego. Her postdoctoral work was completed at MIT, where she was a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Fund Postdoctoral Fellow. Feigon joined the UCLA faculty in 1985.

Feigon will receive her award at the 31st annual Symposium of the Protein Society, which will take place July 24-27 in Montreal, Canada.