Three New Members Appointed to NAGMS Council

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National Institute of General Medical Sciences

January 20, 2012

Three new members recently joined the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council. They are:

David A. Agard, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and biophysics and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the University of California, San Francisco. He uses X-ray crystallography, electron cryomicroscopy and other biophysical approaches to study how the Hsp90 molecular chaperone facilitates the folding of key cellular proteins. Agard earned a B.S. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Mary (Molly) Carnes, M.D., professor of medicine, psychiatry and industrial and systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on mitigating bias that affects the participation of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. Carnes earned a B.A. in pre-medical studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and an M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Vern L. Schramm, Ph.D., University Professor and Ruth Merns Endowed Chair of Biochemistry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in Bronx, N.Y. He studies the mechanisms involved in enzymatic reactions to understand catalysis and to design drugs against cancer, malaria and other diseases. Schramm earned a B.S. in bacteriology from South Dakota State College in Brookings, an S.M. in nutrition from the Harvard School of Public Health and a Ph.D. in the mechanism of enzyme action from the Australian National University in Canberra.

The council, which meets three times a year, is composed of leaders in the biological and medical sciences, education, health care and public affairs. Its members, who are appointed to 4-year terms, perform the second level of peer review for research and research training grant applications assigned to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), one of the National Institutes of Health. Council members also offer advice and recommendations on policy and program development, program implementation, evaluation and other matters of significance to the mission and goals of NIGMS.