Washington University in St. Louis

Mecham to Receive Marfan Foundation’s “Distinguished Research Award”

Robert P. Mecham, PhD, Alumni Endowed Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology and Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Biomedical Engineering, will receive the Marfan Foundation’s first Distinguished Research Award at its Heartworks St. Louis Gala on March 7, 2015.

Bob’s lifelong scientific investigations have centered on the extracellular matrix, the intricate network of macromolecules that form the structures between cells and join them together to form tissues and organs.  His laboratory was involved in the early characterization of the fibrillin molecule—the protein that is mutated in Marfan syndrome.  His continuing research in this area has made major contributions to our understanding of how fibrillin and other elastic fiber proteins work to maintain normal tissue function. His scientific investigations have also led to mechanistic insight into how mutations in these proteins lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and bone disorders.

For more information about the Marfan Foundation’s Heartworks St. Louis Gala and this award, click this link.


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