Affymetrix Announces Winner of Anatrace
Membrane Protein Award
Professor Tom Rapoport is Recognized for Shedding New Light on Protein Translocation and Its Effect on Disease
February 23, 2010 06:29 PM Eastern Time
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Affymetrix, Inc. (Nasdaq: AFFX) today announced that
Professor Tom Rapoport of Harvard Medical School and Howard Hughes Medical Institute is the winner of the
2010 Anatrace Membrane Protein Award. The award was presented at the Biophysical Society annual meeting in
San Francisco and is sponsored by Anatrace, which is now part of Affymetrix.
The Anatrace Membrane Protein Award recognizes the scientist who has made the most outstanding contribution to
understanding the structure or function of membrane proteins. Professor Rapoport’s work has clarified the
mechanism by which proteins cross membranes and is the first to determine the structure of a protein-conducting
The Rapoport group has also addressed how incorrectly folded proteins are transported through a membrane for
cytosolic degradation, an important process in many diseases, and the mechanism by which the characteristic shape
of an organelle is achieved. All of these projects concern fundamental aspects of membrane biology.
Tom Rapoport was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2005 and has spent much of his career studying
protein translocation and other aspects of membrane biology. His laboratory has published many articles in leading
journals, often using Anatrace products from Affymetrix.
“Professor Rapoport’s work clarifying the role of structure in protein function is an important finding as we seek to
better understand the onset of disease,” said Kristin Yakimow, senior vice president and general manager of
Affymetrix reagents. “Part of our mission is to deliver highly purified reagents to further scientific discovery. We are
honored to be able to recognize Professor Rapoport’s work and to be a part of his research.”
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