Enrico Gratton to receive 2019 BPS Avanti Award in Lipids

ROCKVILLE, MD – The Biophysical Society (BPS) has named Enrico Gratton, Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, as its 2019 Avanti Award in Lipids winner. Gratton will be honored at the Society's 63rd Annual Meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center on March 5, 2019, during the annual Awards Symposium.

Gratton is being honored for his more than 30 years of pioneering work in the development and application of spectroscopy techniques for the study of lifetimes in biological membranes, which led to the determination of membrane heterogeneity and membrane nanodomains.

"The Avanti Award provides the Society the opportunity to highlight and reflect on a researcher's career and his or her lifetime contributions to biophysics," said BPS President Angela Gronenborn, University of Pittsburgh. "Enrico has been furthering our understanding of biophysics for over 30 years and we look forward to honoring his lifetime's work."

The Avanti Award in Lipids, supported by Avanti Polar Lipids, Inc., was established to recognize an outstanding investigator who has made a significant contribution to the understanding of lipid biophysics.


The Biophysical Society, founded in 1958, is a professional, scientific Society established to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. The Society promotes growth in this expanding field through its annual meeting, monthly journal, and committee and outreach activities. Its 9000 members are located throughout the U.S. and the world, where they teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, laboratories, government agencies, and industry.

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