KU Associate Professor of Molecular Biosciences and COBRE-PSF member Wonpil Im is among three recipients of Hewlett-Packard Outstanding Junior Faculty Awards for outstanding tenure-track junior faculty. The award was presented at the Spring 2011 American Chemical Society National Meeting. The meeting was held March 27-31, 2011 in Anaheim, CA. The prestigious award is presented by Hewlett-Packard and the ACS Division of Computers in Chemistry.
Im is also member of a team that was awarded a prestigious program grant from The Human Frontier Science Program this spring. This extremely selective program is implemented by the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) based in Strasbourg, France, and provides funding for frontier research in the life sciences. Im's fellow team members are José Villadangos (PI), Dept. of Immunology, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Parkville, Australia; Matthew Call, Division of Structural Biology, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research Parkville, Australia, and Yokohama Ishido, Lab. for Infectious Immunity at the RIKEN Research Center for Allergy and Immunology, Satoshi, Japan. The title of their program grant is "Substrate recognition by MARCH ubiquitin ligases: a paradigm of membrane-associated immunoregulation." The proposal, one of 22 Program Grants and 11 Young Investigator Grants funded, were selected from a total of more than 650 original letters of intent and 88 subsequently invited full applications. Awards are dependent upon team size and successful teams will receive up to $450,000 per year.