Dinshaw Patel Receives C.C. Tan Life Science International Collaboration Award

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Dinshaw Patel (left) with Zhu Chen, Vice Chairman of the National People’s Congress of China

Dinshaw Patel (left) with Zhu Chen, Vice Chairman of the National People’s Congress of China

Dinshaw Patel, who holds the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Chair in Experimental Therapeutics and is a Member of the Structural Biology Program at MSK, is the recipient of the inaugural C.C. Tan Life Science International Collaboration Award. He was chosen in recognition of his lifetime contributions to the field of life sciences, especially related to the training of Chinese scientists who have returned to faculty positions in China.

Dr. Patel accepted a medal from academic Zhu Chen at the 12th C.C. Tan Life Science award ceremony at Nankai University in Tianjin, China, on October 27.

Dr. Patel joined MSK in 1992, and developed the structural biology program alongside MSK’s former Founding Chairman of the Cellular Biochemistry and Biophysics Program James Rothman. He and his laboratory members study the structural biology of macromolecular recognition, including RNA-mediated gene regulation, readout of epigenetic marks and elucidation of nucleic acid-sensing pathways. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2009 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014 and has spent his career investigating structure-based mechanistic insights underlying biological macromolecular interactions impacting on function.

C.C. Tan, formally known as Tan Jiazhen, was a Chinese geneticist, academic of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. This most distinguished of Chinese Life Sciences award aims to honor Tan Jiazhen’s dedication to life science and scientific research in China. Researchers who receive the C.C. Tan Life Science Award are recognized for their outstanding careers and contributions to global life sciences.

Congratulations to Dr. Patel on this award.