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University of Arizona Cancer Center researcher Robert Karn, PhD, was awarded the Mendel Memorial Medal for his support of the new Mendelianum in Brno, Czech Republic, and for supporting Czech genetic science over the past decade.
Dr. Karn is a research professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona and one of six members of the International Board of the Mendelianum in Brno, Czech Republic. During his career, he has studied mammalian salivary proteins, especially mouse androgen-binding proteins, which were discovered in his laboratory three decades ago and which are encoded by one of the largest gene families in the mouse genome.
For the past decade, Dr. Karn has sponsored Czech scientists in his laboratory in the United States and has worked on many occasions at Charles University in Prague, and in the laboratories of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Studenec. These collaborative studies with Czech scientists were funded in part by grants from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and from the National Research Council in the US.
The Mendelianum is a European Union project to create a new museum dedicated to Johann Gregor Mendel, the founder of genetics and of modern biological sciences. The new Mendelianum is scheduled to open in May 2014.
Dec. 21, 2012