Hurley receives Nucleic Acids Award

Hurley & nucleic acids team at Queens' College, Cambridge

Laurence Hurley, professor and holder of the Howard J. Schaeffer Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences, was awarded the Nucleic Acids Award at the Sixth Cambridge Nucleic Acids Symposium at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, UK, in early September.

The Nucleic Acids Award is given by the Nucleic Acids Group, a Subject Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry within the Chemical Biology Forum. The award and the lecture series that accompanies it were established in 1998 to honor world-renowned scientists who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of chemistry and/or biochemistry of nucleic acids

According to David Lilley, chair of the nucleic acids group, The Biochemical Society, “The Nucleic Acids Awards Lecture has a fantastic pedigree. The list of lecturers is a Who’s-Who of nucleic acid science in the last 12 years with the great majority of the lecturers having been members of the National Academy or equivalent.”

Hurley was recognized for his work establishing G-quadruplexes as a new class of molecular targets.

Award lectures are usually given annually in conjunction with conferences supported by the Nucleic Acids Group. Hurly gave his award lecture at the Nucleic Acids Symposium Sept. 6.

“Quite frankly, I was both surprised and greatly honored to receive this recognition from this group,” says Hurley. “The award is quite prestigious and the list of previous recipients includes a number of world renowned scientists.”