Phyllis I. Hanson, MD, PhD, has been named chairperson of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Membrane Biology and Protein Processing Study Section. Her one-year term began July 1.
The position recognizes her scientific achievements in the field of membrane trafficking, the study of the mechanisms by which proteins and other macromolecules are moved around in membrane-bound sacs within cells, into the extracellular space and across junctions between cells.
Hanson, the Gerty T. Cori Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology at the School of Medicine, is known for her work on a family of enzymes known as AAA+ ATPases that change the shape of proteins and the membranes with which they are associated. Her research has led to insight into the pathogenesis of diseases ranging from cancer to dystonia that involve defects in AAA+ proteins and membrane trafficking.