Celebration to be Held in Honor of Gierasch’s NAS Induction

Lila M. Gierasch
Lila M. Gierasch

A celebration will be held in honor of Lila M. Gierasch’s induction into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on Tuesday, May 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Old Chapel.

Gierasch, distinguished professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and chemistry, was announced as one of 100 new members elected to the academy in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

The NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research. Gierasch’s research focus for decades has been protein folding, that is, how amino acid sequence determines the three-dimensional structure of a protein. She is particularly focused on how proteins fold in the cellular environment and the role of molecular chaperones in ensuring high fidelity in the folding process.

To attend the event, hosted by Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy and Provost John McCarthy, an RSVP should be sent to events@umass.edu.