Susan Dutcher, PhD, a professor of genetics and the interim director of The McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named a 2017 fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB).
Dutcher is one of 67 scientists that ASCB is honoring this year for their research to advance cell biology and its applications and for their service to the organization. Dutcher is known for her long body of work focused on understanding the structure and function of cilia.
Cilia are hair-like structures on the outside surface of cells. These structures play central roles in many aspects of fetal development, ensuring that organs end up in the right place, as well as in health and disease. When cilia malfunction, they can contribute to cancer, kidney disease and other health problems.
Dutcher and her fellow honorees will be recognized in December at the 2017 ASCB|EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) meeting in Philadelphia.