FASEB welcomes new president and officers

By | July 14, 2016

2015 FASEB-112On July 1, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) welcomed its new President, Hudson H. Freeze, PhD. Dr. Freeze is Professor of Glycobiology and Director of the Human Genetics Program at the Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla.

“I am honored to lead FASEB—the policy and advocacy voice of 125,000 scientists. Today, we have extraordinary opportunities to communicate with the most receptive Congress in 15 years.  Our message has connected, we’ve turned a corner, but now it’s our responsibility to speak out even more strongly. We must work with Congress to advocate for research because we know it benefits all citizens in all districts,” Dr. Freeze said.

For the last 20 years, Freeze’s research has focused on the identification and understanding of Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation, genetic errors in the way sugars attach to proteins and lipids. He collaborates closely with physicians, families, and their support organizations and regularly consults on cases while still tracking the genetic basis of multiple patients with unknown glycosylation defects.

Prior to his election as President of FASEB, Dr. Freeze served as Vice President for Science Policy. He is a Past President of the Society for Glycobiology and its first representative to the FASEB Board of Directors. Dr. Freeze is also a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and The American Society for Human Genetics.

Other new FASEB officers include Vice President for Science Policy, Scott I. Simon, PhD, and Treasurer, David M. Rocke, PhD. Dr. Simon is Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Dr. Rocke is Distinguished Professor of the Division of Biostatistics, School of Medicine, and Department of Biomedical Engineering, both at the University of California, Davis­. Dr. Simon studies the mechanisms governing leukocyte adhesion and signaling in inflammatory diseases. Dr. Rocke directs a research group aimed at bioinformatics and data analysis of high-throughput biological assays. He also studies how human skin responds to ionizing radiation.

Thomas O. Baldwin, PhD also begins his term as FASEB President-Elect, and Hannah V. Carey, PhD is the new Vice President-Elect for Science Policy.