Carol Fierke is the 2014 awardee of the Emil Thomas Kaiser Award, sponsored by The Protein Society. It recognizes a recent, highly significant contribution to the application of chemistry in the study of proteins. According to the The Protein Society, “Dr. Fierke is being recognized for her exceptional contributions to our understanding of the metal homeostasis, and to understanding of the structure and mechanism of ribonuclease P. Her research has combined metallochemistry, biochemistry, genetics and a wide range of spectroscopic techniques to uncover details of metal affinity, substrate specificity, and roles to catalytic activity in numerous biologically and medically important enzymes. Amongst her groundbreaking achievements include the development of protein-based metal biosensors and techniques for monitoring metal ions in vivo for probing metal transport and toxicity.”
Fierke is the Jerome and Isabella Karle Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry, Chair, Chemistry Department, and Professor, Biological Chemistry. The 2014 award will be presented at the 28th Annual Symposium of The Protein Society in San Diego, California this summer.