Genome Technology Center

Ronald W. Davis wins 2011 Gruber International Prize in genetics


Ronald W. Davis, Professor of Biochemistry and of Genetics, and Director of the Stanford Genome Technology Center, is the recipient of the 2011 Genetics Prize awarded by the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation. He will receive the prize on October 13 in Montreal, during the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, which is being held in conjunction with the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics. Ronald Davis will also deliver a lecture at the conference.

In addition to an unrestricted $500,000 cash award, the recipient will receive a gold medal that reads:

“The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation proudly presents the 2011 Genetics Prize to Ronald W. Davis, a pioneer in the development and application of recombinant-DNA techniques. Davis discovered that the EcoRI restriction endonuclease generates “sticky” ends when it cleaves DNA and, based on this discovery, developed highly efficient systems for producing, propagating, and screening recombinant-DNA clones in Escherichia coli. This technology shaped later approaches to the study of the human and other genomes. Using the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as host, Davis designed recombinant-DNA molecules whose genetic behavior could be precisely controlled. During this work, he discovered the first eukaryotic replication origins, the autonomously replicating sequences, and carried out the first targeted deletion of a gene. Throughout his career—by training students, communicating openly with colleagues, and leading through the example of his own research—Davis has profoundly influenced the way scientists study the molecular basis of life.”

Please see the Gruber Foundation Press Release and further information about the honoree on the Gruber Foundation web site.

Ronald W. Davis is also a member of the Stanford Cancer Institute and of Bio-X.

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