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Ilya Finkelstein Awarded Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research

Finkelstein Ilya headshotThe Norman Hackerman Award honors outstanding early-career chemical scientists in Texas. It is designed to encourage scientists who are embarking on careers dedicated to increasing our fundamental understanding of chemistry.

Finkelstein joined the Department of Molecular Biosciences in 2012. He is well regarded for his innovative methods to understand how cells repair their DNA and maintain integrity of genetic information. Most recently, Finkelstein shifted his team's focus and developed a critical reagent for SARS-CoV-2 vaccine development. He is also on a team of UT Austin faculty who have been working with clinicians in Houston to understand how COVID-19 is mutating by reviewing blood plasma of 5,000 patients. 

"Dr. Finkelstein is a distinguished and impressive biophysicist", said Peter B. Dervan, chair of the Welch Foundation's scientific advisory board. His creativity in the lab continues to move the field with cutting-edge research and discoveries related to DNA repair and CRISPR gene editing. Dr. Finkelstein's recent COVID-19 research also shines light on the importance of ongoing and proactive basic chemical research."

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