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Thursday, October 13
SESSION 42 – Gruber Genetics Prize Award
Room 210, Level 2, Convention Center
The Gruber Genetics Prize is awarded annually by The
Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation. The Genetics
Prize is presented to a leading scientist, or up to three,
in recognition of groundbreaking contributions to any
realm of genetics research. The recipient will be
presented with a gold medal and a $500,000 cash
Ronald W. Davis
Stanford Univ. Sch. of Med., USA
The 2011 Gruber Genetics Prize of The Peter and
Patricia Gruber Foundation will be presented to
biochemist and geneticist Ronald W. Davis, PhD, of
Stanford University for his groundbreaking
contributions to genetics research. Dr. Davis is being
honored as this year’s Gruber Genetics Prize recipient
for developing biotechnologies that have played an
indispensable role in advancing the fields of molecular
genetics and genomics.
Dr. Davis will deliver a lecture entitled, “Health
Advanced Technology Project (HAT Project).”
Dr. Davis’ contributions to the field have been
numerous and profound and include a long string of
“firsts.” Early in his career, Davis developed one of the
first mapping methods for DNA, as well as some of
the earliest cloning vectors (DNA molecules that carry
foreign DNA into a host cell, where the foreign DNA
can then be replicated). Later, working on the genome
and biology of
Saccharomyces cerevisiae
yeast), Davis developed the first artificially constructed
chromosomes, which are now routinely used to clone
large genes and to map complex genomes. He also
described the very first case of what is now known as
genome editing, the ability to replace any nucleotide in
the yeast genome with any other nucleotide.
In 1980, Davis described how sequence variants in the
genomes of humans and other species could provide
genetic markers for making a genetic and physical
map of the human genome, a finding that helped
launch the field of genomics. A few years later, his lab
showed how DNA libraries could be searched with
protein-finding antibodies, a technique that has made
it possible for scientists to identify genes for important
proteins, including in humans. Furthermore, Davis also
contributed to the development of the very first
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microarrays, tools that enable scientists to analyze t
gene expression of thousands of genes
simultaneously. He then went on to help standardize
this technology, paving the way for other scientists t
use it for clinical applications.
Finally, according to Davis’ Gruber Prize citation,
“Throughout his career—by training students,
communicating openly with colleagues, and leading
through the example of his own research—Davis ha
profoundly influenced the way scientists study the
molecular basis of life.”
The Gruber Genetics Prize has been presented
annually since 2001. Laureates are: Rudolf Jaenisch
H. Robert Horvitz, David Botstein, Mary-Claire King,
Robert H. Waterston, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Mayn
V. Olson, Allan C. Spradling, Janet Davison Rowley,
Gerald Fink.
Nominations for the 2012 Prize are now open and
close on December 15,2011. For further information