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Baylor College of Medicine's Jim Lupski has received the 2014 Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society Award in recognition of his work in characterizing human mutations and linking them to disease.

Lupski, a professor of molecular and human genetics at BCM, has relied on chromosomal microarrays and whole-genome sequencing to discover several disease genes, including the first gene for Charcot-Marie Tooth syndrome.

EMGS recognizes one researcher each year for outstanding research contributions in the area of environmental mutagenesis and genomics. Lupski will receive the award on Sept. 16 at the society's annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.


Katherine Rauen was among the 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, an honor bestowed by the US government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Rauen is a medical geneticist an adjunct professor at the University of California, San Francisco's department of pediatrics and recently accepted a position at UC Davis' department of pediatrics. She is being recognized for her work in studying Ras/MAPK pathway genetics syndromes. Rauen is also internationally recognized for her work in array comparative genomic hybridization.

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