|Published||December 1, 2020|
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The American Society for Cell Biology is pleased to present the Keith R. Porter Award to Anthony Hyman, given to an eminent cell biologist in memory of one of ASCB’s founding members. Hyman, one of four founding directors of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany, and an ASCB Fellow, will present the Keith R. Porter Lecture at Cell Bio Virtual 2020-an ASCB|EMBO Meeting. The Porter lecture will be presented on Wednesday, December 9 at 11:30 am ET in the virtual meeting platform.
Using Caenorhabditis elegans as his model organism, Hyman has contributed to the understanding of the mechanism by which centrioles replicate, separate, and trigger microtubule nucleation. The Hyman lab has also elucidated some of the mysteries of spindle assembly and positioning. Over the last two decades, Hyman has become known for using C.elegans as a model system to create the “parts list” used in various cytoplasmic processes. While teaching at the Woods Hole physiology course with Clifford Brangwynne and Frank Julicher, Hyman was among the first to witness that cells employ phase separation to create fleeting, non–membrane-bound sub-compartments. Understanding why and how these compartments form, and also what happens if their formation process goes awry, could provide insight into neurodegenerative diseases…