Home » Goodell receives 2011 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Medicine
Goodell’s research focuses on the molecular regulation of hematopoietic stem cells – the cells that initiate the formation of different kinds of blood and immune cells.
January 5, 2011 – Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Peggy Goodell, one of Baylor College of Medicine’s leading stem cell researchers, will be presented with the 2011 Edith and Peter O’Donnell award in medicine at the annual meeting of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas Jan. 6-7, 2011, in Austin.
The O’Donnell Awards are bestowed annually to Texas researchers who are addressing the essential role that science and technology play in society, and whose work meets the highest standards of exemplary professional performance, creativity and resourcefulness.
Goodell is director of the Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Center (STaR) at BCM, professor in the departments of pediatrics and molecular and human genetics and a member of the BCM programs for cell and molecular biology; developmental biology; translational biology and molecular medicine; the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy (CAGT) and the NCI-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center.
“Dr. Goodell has contributed remarkable achievements in stem cell biology,” said Dr. Paul Klotman, president and CEO of BCM. “This honor is well-deserved. She is an exceptional leader in her field and at the College.”
“Through rigorous and creative use of the tools of genetics, biostatistics, and molecular biology, the Goodell lab has brought insights from stem cell biology to bear on the immune response to infection and the loss of epigenetic regulation in aging,” said Dr. Arthur L. Beaudet, chair and professor of molecular and human genetics at BCM. Beaudet nominated Goodell for this award.
Goodell’s research focuses on the molecular regulation of hematopoietic stem cells – the cells that initiate the formation of different kinds of blood and immune cells. A major goal of her research is to identify genes that are responsible for keeping hematopoietic stem cells in a dormant state as well as those that initiate cell division.
Each award winner receives a $25,000 honorarium and gives a lecture at the TAMEST annual meeting. Recognizing top achievers Founded in 2004, TAMEST provides broader recognition of the state’s top achievers in medicine, engineering and science, and to build a stronger identity for Texas as an important destination and center of achievement in these fields. Members of the group include Texas Nobel Laureates and more than 200 members of the National Academies.