Biochemist Carrie Partch honored by the Biophysical Society

Carrie Partch

The Biophysical Society has chosen Carrie Partch, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC Santa Cruz, to receive the 2018 Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award.

The award recognizes Partch "for her ground-breaking combination of biophysics and cell biology that is defining how protein conformational changes control circadian clock timing."

Partch studies the biological clock that drives the daily ("circadian") rhythms of cells throughout the body. By focusing on how the clock works on the molecular level, her research can help scientists understand and treat disorders in which the timing of the biological clock is disrupted. She is investigating the role of clock disruption in cancer and other human health problems

The Dayhoff award honors the memory of Margaret Dayhoff, former president of the Biophysical Society, and is given to a woman who holds very high promise or has achieved prominence while developing the early stages of a career in biophysical research within the purview and interest of the Biophysical Society. Partch will be honored at an award ceremony during the Biophysical Society’s annual meeting in San Francisco in February 2018.

The Biophysical Society, founded in 1958, is a professional, scientific society established to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. For more information, visit