Link Receives NSF CAREER Award
A. James Link, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and associated faculty in Molecular Biology, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Link’s project, entitled “Probing the Limits of Affinity and Specificity in Apoptotic Protein Interactions”, will engineer high affinity and high specificity variants of a protein (Bak) fragment whose binding to other proteins regulates cell death (apoptosis).
Apoptotic protein-protein interactions have broad implications for the treatment of disease, and the Bak variants that will be isolated during this project may have value as therapeutic molecules for the treatment of cancer. The CAREER Program is an NSF-wide activity that offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.