The 2014 Award for Excellence in Basic Research goes to Associate Professor of Biochemistry Pablo Sobrado.
Sobrado counts being a founding member of the Drug Discovery Consortium for Chagas’ Disease and the Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery among his many accomplishments. He has been recognized for his exceptional research by several regional, national, and international prizes, such as the Ralph E. Power Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, the Allan Gwathmey Chemistry Award, and the National Science Prize from Costa Rica. His list of notable high impact journals includes recognition by the Faculty of 1000, a group of world-renowned scientists who provide a review of high-impact research in the biological sciences.
Currently Sobrado is the principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation project totaling over $2.5 million.
Sobrado is receiving this award for his outstanding contributions to elucidation of novel enzyme mechanisms and drug discovery.