Department of Health and Human Services

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 22, 2004

Contact: NIGMS (301) 496-7301
Jilliene Mitchell

NEW MEMBERS APPOINTED TO NAGMS COUNCIL

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has appointed four new members to the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council. They are Stanley Fields, Ph.D., of the University of Washington; Richard I. Morimoto, Ph.D., of Northwestern University; Gregory R. Reyes, M.D., Ph.D., formerly of the Schering-Plough Research Institute; and Virginia A. Zakian, Ph.D., of Princeton University.

The council, which meets three times a year, is composed of leaders in the biological and medical sciences, education, health care and public affairs. Its members, who are appointed for four-year terms, perform the second level of peer review for research and research training grant applications assigned to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health. Council members also offer advice and recommendations on policy and program development, program implementation, evaluation and other matters of significance to the mission and goals of NIGMS.

Dr. Fields is a professor of genome sciences and of medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he also serves as an adjunct professor of microbiology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. His research interests include developing analytical strategies for understanding protein function using the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Dr. Fields earned a B.A. in biology from Middlebury College in Vermont and a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Cambridge University in England. He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Morimoto is dean of the graduate school, associate provost for graduate education and professor in the department of biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. His research interests include studying heat shock gene transcription, stress responses and the biology of misfolded proteins in the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans and mammalian cells. Dr. Morimoto earned a B.S. in biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an M.S. in pharmacology from the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Chicago. He conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

Dr. Reyes recently retired from his position as vice president of biological research, infectious diseases, oncology and gene therapy at the Schering-Plough Research Institute in Kenilworth, N.J. His research interests there focused on the development of protease inhibitors for chronic hepatitis C and of CCR5 antagonists for HIV infection. Dr. Reyes earned a B.A. in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.D.-Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. He conducted postdoctoral research at the Stanford University School of Medicine in California.

Dr. Zakian is the Harry C. Wiess Professor in the Life Sciences in the department of molecular biology at Princeton University in New Jersey. She studies the structure and replication of eukaryotic chromosomes mainly using Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism. Dr. Zakian earned an A.B. in biology from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and a Ph.D. in biology from Yale University in New Haven, Conn. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University and at the University of Washington in Seattle.

A component of NIH, one of the Public Health Service agencies within HHS, NIGMS funds research and research training in the basic biomedical sciences. This support enables scientists at universities, medical schools and research institutions to expand knowledge about the fundamental life processes that underlie human health and disease.

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