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Hutchinsion Center Scientist Receives Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship Award

Larry Rohrschneider, Ph.D., a member of the Basic Sciences Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Award for 2000.

Rohrschneider, also an affiliate professor of pathology at the University of Washington, studies molecular mechanisms for regulating the growth of blood cells.

"The award from the Guggenheim Foundation is a very special honor for me. It is a significant approval of past accomplishments and an enormous open opportunity to pursue current and perhaps more adventurous ideas in the cell-signal transduction field," Rohrschneider says.

This year's 182 new Fellows, selected from a pool of more than 2,900 applicants, include not only biological and physical scientists, but writers, painters, sculptors, photographers, film makers, social scientists and scholars in the humanities.

Rohrschneider's $30,000 fellowship will allow him to collaborate with researchers at the Centre de Genetique Moleculaire et Cellulaire at the Claude Bernard University in Lyon, France. There, he will continue his work on determining molecular mechanisms of how a primitive blood cell regulates its growth and development or inappropriately becomes a leukemia cell.

Rohrschneider also heads the cDNA Library Core of the Hutchinson Center's Core Center of Excellence in Molecular Hematology, established last fall with a $4.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to facilitate interdisciplinary research into normal and leukemic blood cells.

The cDNA library contains copies of the genes that are expressed, or turned on, in particular types of cells. Currently Rohrschneider's group is constructing stem-cell cDNA libraries, but the group plans to work with individual investigators to prepare libraries from other specialized cell types.

"This system should have a lot of utility for anyone at the Center who studies development," he says. "People are finding that a number of genes important in early development of organisms such as C. elegans have human counterparts expressed in blood cells."

Guggenheim fellows are appointed on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.

Since 1925, the Foundation has granted more than $192 million in Fellowships to nearly 15,000 individuals.

Scores of Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and eminent scientists appear on the roll of Fellows, which includes Ansel Adams, Aaron Copeland, Langston Hughes, Henry Kissinger, Linus Pauling, Martha Graham, James Watson and Eudora Welty.

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April 21, 2000