Imaging Scientist Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz to receive ABRF Award
The Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) is pleased to announce the selection of Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Senior Group Leader at the HHMI Janelia Research Campus, as the next recipient of the ABRF Award.
July 13, 2021 (Lexington, KY) – The Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) (http://www.abrf.org/)
Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz has spent most of her career as a cell biologist devising live cell imaging techniques for studying how cells are organized and dynamically function. Most recently, at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus, she's been studying how organelles communicate with each other through inter-organelle contacts and the role this plays in maintaining cell homeostasis. This professional focus has yielded many intriguing discoveries and countless beautiful images.
During her tenure at the NIH, Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz was a primary investigator and chief of the Section on Organelle Biology in the Cell Biology and Metabolism Branch. Hoping to expand her research into live-cell imaging, she began searching for a way to tag proteins in live cells. Eventually her group created a photoactivatable form of green fluorescent protein (GFP), which allowed them to switch a tagged protein's green glow on and off using flashes of light.
In 2016, Lippincott-Schwartz moved her lab to Janelia, where she continues to investigate cell biology, but in the context of the brain. Her group studies neurobiology on a cellular level, looking into processes such as organelle trafficking and metabolism, to better understand how nerve cells communicate and behave in normal and diseased brain function.
ABRF Past President, Rich Cole, with the New York State Department of Health's Wadsworth Center, described Lippincott-Schwartz's impact:
"It is scientists like Jennifer who have and continue to push boundaries of what we can see and how we image it. Many of these newly developed techniques are then incorporated in imaging cores around the world and have helped to advance our understanding of cellular and subcellular process."
The ABRF Award, the association's highest scientific honor, has been presented to an extraordinary group a researchers and innovators since 1994, including several Nobel Prize recipients.
Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz will accept the Award at the ABRF 2022 Annual Meeting,
March 27-30, 2022 in Palm Springs, California.