Christy F. Landes to Receive Kazuhiko Kinosita Award in Single-Molecule Biophysics


ROCKVILLE, MD – The Biophysical Society has announced that Illinois professor Christy F. Landes, Jerry A. Walker Endowed Chair in Chemistry, and Professor of Chemistry, will receive the 2024 Kazuhiko Kinosita Award in Single-Molecule Biophysics.

Landes will be honored at the Society’s 68th Annual Meeting that will be held Feb. 10-14, 2024, in Philadelphia.

Landes is being recognized for exciting developments of single molecule measurement techniques, and their application to chemical and biological systems such as polymers and ion channels.

“This award honors the legacy of Professor Kazuhiko Kinosita, whose cross-disciplinary approaches, single-molecule studies, and especially his spirit of curiosity, have inspired generations of biophysicists,” said BPS President Taekjip Ha of Harvard Medical School. “Christy exudes the spirit of Kazuhiko Kinosita in her approach to single-biomolecule science, considering not only the fundamental scientific issues but also the technical limitations of current techniques which, if addressed, can lead to new applications. By recognizing Christy’s boundary-pushing efforts, we recognize the future of a dynamic field of study.”

The Kazuhiko Kinosita Award in Single-Molecule Biophysics recognizes outstanding researchers for their exceptional contributions in advancing the field of single-molecule biophysics. This award honors the life and work of Professor Kazuhiko Kinosita, Jr., who helped to establish the field. The award is intended to encourage investigators to promote further developments in single-molecule biophysics, to advance the type of cross-disciplinary research that is characteristic of this field, and to elevate an appreciation of single-molecule studies among scientists in general.

The Biophysical Society, founded in 1958, is a professional, scientific society established to lead an innovative global community working at the interface of the physical and life sciences, across all levels of complexity, and to foster the dissemination of that knowledge. The Society promotes growth in this expanding field through its Annual Meeting, publications, and outreach activities. Its 7,500 members are located throughout the world, where they teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, laboratories, government agencies, and industry.