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Vanderbilt biochemist receives 2009 Sigma Xi award

Brandt F. Eichman, assistant professor of biological sciences and biochemistry at Vanderbilt University, has received Sigma Xi’s Young Investigator Award.

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, was founded in 1886 and is the international honor society for research scientists and engineers. Membership is by invitation and the non-profit organization has more than 500 chapters around the world. Since 1998, the society has been giving the annual Young Investigator Award, which consists of a certificate of recognition and a $5,000 honorarium, to recognize research excellence on the part of active members within ten years of earning his or her highest degree.

Eichman is being honored for research that focuses on understanding how proteins recognize and manipulate the structure of DNA during replication and repair. He and his colleagues use a combination of X-ray crystallography and biochemistry to identify the physical and mechanical processes that give rise to biological functions, specifically those of several DNA processing enzymes.

At Vanderbilt, Eichman is an active member in the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Institute for Chemical Biology, Center for Structural Biology and Center in Molecular Toxicology.

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