W&L Alum Wins Top Prize at University of Alabama

Kim and Guy ’86 Caldwell (U. of Alabama photo)

Kim and Guy ’86 Caldwell (U. of Alabama photo)

Guy Caldwell, a 1986 Washington and Lee graduate in biology, has won yet another award for his work at the University of Alabama. This one is the Blackmon-Moody Outstanding Professor Award, which is given annually to a University of Alabama faculty member, or members. Guy won with his wife and research partner, Kim, for their work in developing a microscopic worm as an animal model for studying human neurological diseases, notably Parkinson’s Disease. According to the news release from the University of Alabama, “the couple’s research with the worm, a nematode known as C. elegans, identified five genes that protect against the death of dopamine neurons, a hallmark of Parkinson’s disease. This work published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in January.”

Guy, ]named the Alabama Professor of the Year in 1995, wrote a 2003 piece for W&L’s Journal of Science, “As the Worm Turns: Discovering of a Life of Discovery,” You can see what the Caldwells are up to on their lab’s Web site, The Worm Shack, where you can watch some worm “seizure” movies. Congratulations to the Caldwells on their latest honor.



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