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Warshaw Named 2014 Biophysical Society Fellow

David Warshaw Ph.D.

 

 

David Warshaw, Ph.D., University of Vermont professor and chair of molecular physiology and biophysics, has been named a 2014 Society Fellow by the Biophysical Society for his “substantial contributions to the understanding of the mechanics and regulation of smooth muscle and cardiac disease at the single molecule level.”

Warshaw is joined by seven other scientists from across the country in receiving this distinction. They hail from institutions including Cornell University, University of Arizona, the University of Massachusetts, and others.

According to a press release from the Biophysical Society, this award “honors the Society’s distinguished members who have demonstrated excellence in science, contributed to the expansion of the field of biophysics, and supported the Biophysical Society.” The Fellows will be honored at the Awards Ceremony during the Biophysical Society’s 58th Annual Meeting February 17, 2014 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. 

Warshaw received his Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics at the University of Vermont in 1978, and continued his research studying the molecular mechanism of muscle contraction as a post-doctoral associate at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He returned to UVM as an assistant professor in 1983. Warshaw’s lab uses state-of-the-art techniques to study single molecules, in particular the myosin molecular motors that help the heart function. His research has shown that mutations to a certain protein that regulates the myosin motors leads to hypertropic cardiomyopathy, a hereditary condition characterized by a thickening of the heart muscle that is a well-known cause of sudden death in young athletes. His research has been published in Science, the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Biophysical Journal, and others.

The Biophysical Society, founded in 1958, is a professional, scientific society established to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. Its 9,000 members hail from across the country and around the world.