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Prof. Yimon Aye receives the ICBS 2021 Global Lectureship Award

We are very proud of Prof. Yimon Aye, NCCR Chemical Biology member, who has been selected for the International Chemical Biology Society (ICBS) 2021 Global Lectureship Award!

The ICBS Global Lectureship is created to recognize distinguished investigators whose research has significantly advanced the field of chemical biology. The selected ICBS Global Lectureship recipient will deliver the award lecture in one of international chemical biology conferences of the year and will serve as an ambassador of ICBS to promote chemical biology around the world. In addition to these opportunities, the award recipient will be presented an award certificate and a monetary award of $2,000 USD.

Yimon Aye is a long-time member of ICBS and was a 2016 Young Chemical Biologist awardee. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and her postdoctoral training at MIT before joining the faculty of Cornell University as an assistant professor in 2012. She was promoted with tenure in 2018 and was subsequently recruited to Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC), School of Basic Sciences, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) as tenured Associate Professor where she leads the Laboratory of Electrophiles And Genome Operation (LEAGO) at ISIC, EPFL (Switzerland) as a tenured associate professor. Yimon Aye joined the NCCR Chemical Biology in 2018 as a principal investigator. She is deputy co-Director of the NCCR Chemical Biology and member of the NCCR steering committee. Prof. Aye pioneered the development and application of innovative chemical biology tools to enable the study of reactive electrophilic species (RES) signaling with high spatiotemporal resolution. Her novel chemical biology tools, such as T-REX (Targetable Reactive Electrophiles and Oxidants) and related G-REX, have led to new discoveries in the areas of signal transduction and DNA damage responses. Her work has established the importance of non-enzyme mediated post-translational modification of cellular proteins by RES and led to novel inhibitor designs for oncogenic targets. Prof. Aye is a creative chemical biologist who has generated large impact across the globe, best embodying the spirit of the ICBS Global Lectureship.

Prof. Aye will deliver her lecture at the 10th annual conference of the International Chemical Biology Society, ICBS 2021, on Friday, November 12th, 2021. Her talk is entitled “What we do in the dark: Illuminating signaling functions of electrophile-sensing proteins that evade conventional target ID.”

Congratulations to Prof. Yimon Aye for being selected for the 2021 ICBS Global Lectureship!

About ICBS

The International Chemical Biology Society (ICBS), launched in 2011, is an independent, not for profit organization dedicated to promoting research and educational opportunities at the interface of chemistry and biology. ICBS provides an important international forum that brings together cross-disciplinary scientists from academia, nonprofit organizations, government, and industry to communicate new research and help translate the power of chemical biology to advance human health and enhance a stable ecosystem for environmental sustainability.

Past ICBS Global Lectureship awardees

2019: Jin Zhang, Professor of Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), USA