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Post-doctoral fellows Scott Rothbart, PhD; Gidi Shemer, PhD; and Angela Wahl, PhD, are the recipients of the Joseph S. Pagano Award for a paper by a postdoctoral fellow published in 2012.

The Pagano Award was established in 2002 to honor outstanding papers by postdoctoral fellows who are first authors of these papers. Winners are selected through a competitive process and are honored for their authorship of articles in high-impact journals.

The paper authored by Scott Rothbart, PhD, is “Association of UHRF1 with methylated H3K9 directs the maintenance of DNA methylation” published in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. Dr. Rothbart is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Brian Strahl, PhD. Rothbart’s paper explores how a protein called UHRF1 “reads” the histone code in a specific way to perform an important cellular function.

Gidi Shemer, PhD was honored for “Triggering a Cell Shape Change by Exploiting Preexisting Actomyosin Contractions,” published in Science. Dr. Shemer is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Robert Goldstein, PhD.

Angela Wahl, PhD, received the award for “Human Breast Milk and Antiretrovirals Dramatically Reduce Oral HIV-1 Transmission in BLT Humanized Mice” published in PLoS Pathogens. Dr. Wahl is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Victor Garcia-Martinez, PhD.

Members of the Pagano Award selection committee include Bernard Weissman, PhD (Chair); Dale Ramsden, PhD; Ben Major, PhD; Victoria Bautch, PhD; Kevin Weeks, PhD; Cary Moody, PhD; Scott Hammond, PhD; and Nathaniel Moorman, PhD.