Jason McLellan, future associate professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences, has received the Etter Early Career Award from the American Crystallographic Association.
The Etter Early Career award, which was established in 2002, seeks to recognize outstanding achievement and exceptional potential in crystallographic research demonstrated by a scientist at an early stage of their independent career.
McLellan’s research focuses on applying structural information to the rational design of interventions for viruses, specifically the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly every child in the US catches RSV, a virus that infects the lungs and respiratory tract, by the age of two.
He has been working to develop a monoclonal antibody, a type of antibody that targets only one specific protein, which could act as a vaccine surrogate to prevent severe RSV in infants.
McLellan, who is currently an assistant professor at Dartmouth College, will join the UT Austin faculty in January 2018.