Dr. Hugo Bellen, professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has received the prestigious George W. Beadle Award, given annually by the Genetics Society of America for outstanding contributions to the community of genetics researchers.
The Society acknowledged Bellen for his seminal contributions to the field of genetics, developmental biology, and neuroscience through a steady stream of insightful experiments in Drosophila or fruit flies.
Bellen’s lab has addressed fundamental questions regarding genes involved in neuronal development, neurotransmission, and most recently the mechanistic basis for neurological diseases such as ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He has worked to expand the toolbox available to Drosophila genetics.
Bellen holds the March of Dimes Chair in Developmental Biology at Baylor. He is also director of the Graduate Program in Development Biology at Baylor.
The George W. Beadle Award was established by the Society in 1999 to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the community of genetics researchers and who exemplify the qualities of Nobel Prize-winner George W. Beadle, a respected academic, administrator, and public servant.