The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has selected 16 individuals to receive awards honoring their outstanding scientific achievements. The awards were presented on April 19 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., during the Academy's 141st annual meeting. Dr. Xiaodong Wang is one of the sixteen recipients. He received a NAS award in molecular biology, a medal and a prize of $25,000 awarded annually for a recent notable discovery in molecular biology by a young scientist.
An investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, George L. MacGregor Distinguished Chair, and professor, department of biochemistry, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Wang was chosen "for his biochemical studies of apoptosis which have resolved a molecular pathway leading in and out of the mitochondrion." The award is supported by Pfizer Inc and has been presented since 1962.