The Kasha Award and Seminar

The Kasha Award is given annually to recognize and stimulate research and to promote quality scientific writing. The Award is named in honor of the late Dr. Michael Kasha, Distinguished University Professor and co-founder of the Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program. MOB students who are primary authors on a paper published (or accepted for publication) within the previous two calendar years are eligible. Nomination letters are solicited from major professors early in Spring semester. The winner is announced at the Kasha Award Ceremony held at the end of Spring semester. The winner receives a $500 cash prize. A graduate of the MOB program is invited back to give the guest lecture. Following the seminar and award ceremony, we host a catered lunch to celebrate the annual event, which began in 1995. Click here for more info on rules and eligibility.

Michael Kasha: A Renaissance Man is an engaging interview with Dr.  Kasha, The Spectrum, 2005 Fall issue, pages 4-11

Adamek 1The 20th Annual Kasha Award and Seminar was held on April 14, 2015. The nominees for best first-author paper by an MOB student in the past 2 years were Dr. Nabanita Das (Cross Lab), Dr. Hanaa Hariri (Stagg Lab) and Dr. Liam Longo (Blaber Lab), all recent graduates of the program.

Dr. Dan Adamek, 2001 MOB graduate from the lab of Dr. Donald L.D. Caspar, was the invited speaker. The title of his talk was “Effective Communication for Translational Science and Technology Transfer”

Hariri, HanaaAnd the winner is….Dr. Hanaa Hariri.  She is a Fall 2014 graduate of the MOB Program from the lab of Dr. Scott Stagg.  She is currently a postdoc in the Dr. Mike Henne lab at the University of Texas,Hariri cover Southwestern in Dallas. The winning paper: Hariri H, Bhattacharya N, Johnson K, Noble AJ, Stagg SM. Insights into the Mechanisms of Membrane Curvature and Vesicle Scission by the Small GTPase Sar1 in the Early Secretory Pathway. J Mol Biol. 2014 Sep 1. The paper was featured on the cover of the journal.

Congratulations, Hanaa!!


Link to Photo Gallery of the 2014 event

Kasha Award Winners

  • 1995 – Kenneth Eilertson and Drazen Raucher
  • 1996 – Randal R. Ketchem
  • 1997 – Priya Subramony
  • 1998 – Goran Periz
  • 1999 – Genfa Zhou
  • 2000 – Bishow Adhikari
  • 2001 – Junfeng Wang
  • 2002 – Meredith Newby
  • 2004 – Pamela D. Twigg and Rumana Rashid
  • 2005 – Brenda Schoffstall and Aya Kataoka
  • 2006 – Eliza Ruben
  • 2007 – Kate Calvin
  • 2008 – Bo Liang & Cheri Hampton
  • 2009 – Hui-Min Zhang
  • 2010 – Michelle Mitchell
  • 2011 – Dylan Murray
  • 2012 – Kerem Bingol
  • 2013 – Liam Longo
  • 2014 – Alexis Cocozaki
  • 2015 – Hanaa Hariri
  • 2016 – Mike Kopylov

Kasha Seminar Speakers — Graduates of MOB Program

  • 1995 – Dr. Linda Nicholson
  • 1996 – Dr. Teresa E. Strzelecka
  • 1997 – Dr. Steven Pascal
  • 1998 – Dr. Anthony Nicholls
  • 1999 – Dr. Kenneth Eilertsen
  • 2000 – Dr. Ronald Milligan (not a graduate; spoke at 2000 event)
  • 2002 – Dr. Tom Eads
  • 2004 – Dr. Drazen Raucher
  • 2005 – Dr. Yi Zhang
  • 2006 – Dr. Bishow Adhikari
  • 2008 – Dr. Alla Korepanova
  • 2009 – Dr. Pam Twigg
  • 2010 – Dr. Meredith Newby
  • 2011 – Dr. Debbie Kelly
  • 2012 – Dr. Sanguk Kim
  • 2013 – Dr. Branko Stefanovic
  • 2014 – Dr. Randal Ketchem
  • 2015 – Dr. Daniel Adamek
  • 2016 – Dr. Alexei Soares