2022 Kazuhiko Kinosita Award in Single-Molecule Biophysics

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Professor Shimon Weiss wins Biophysical Society’s Kazuhiko Kinosita Award in Single-Molecule Biophysics for trailblazing contributions to the field of single-molecule fluorescence detection biophysics.  

Weiss will be honored at the Society’s 66th Annual Meeting in February 2022.

The Kazuhiko Kinosita Award in Single-Molecule Biophysics recognizes outstanding researchers for their exceptional contributions in advancing the field of single-molecule biophysics. It 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 award honors the life and work of Professor Kazuhiko Kinosita, Jr., who helped to establish the field. 

Professor Shimon Weiss, who holds UCLA’s Dean M. Willard Chair in Chemistry, is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the UCLA College, a professor of physiology in the David Geffen School of Medicine and a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA. In 2016 Weiss joined the Physics department at Bar Ilan University, Israel. He is one of the world’s leading chemists in the use of single-molecule techniques, especially in the study of biological molecules, and has developed instrumentation and methodologies to study single biomolecules.

Weiss’ UCLA research group, which is made up physicists, mathematicians, biochemists, and computer scientists, is developing and applying cutting-edge techniques from fluorescence spectroscopy, fluorescence microscopy, and biological imaging to studying one of life’s most important class of molecules: proteins.  

Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, penny@chem.ucla.edu.