OU College of Medicine Professor Named Fellow of Science Organization

OU College of Medicine Professor Named Fellow of Science Organization

Published: Friday, February 1, 2019

Lawrence Rothblum, Ph.D., a professor of cell biology at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Rothblum is being recognized for his contributions to the field of cell biology. His research focuses on the mechanism of transcription by RNA polymerase I. RNA polymerase is an enzyme found in all living organizations. Its function is to copy a DNA sequence into an RNA sequence during the process of transcription. By understanding the mechanism of transcription, Rothblum’s research aims to provide the basis for understanding its regulation and a way to inhibit it when it becomes pathological.

Rothblum has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals about his research. He also served in an administrative capacity for the Department of Cell Biology as chairman from 2007 to 2018. He will be inducted as a fellow Feb. 16 in Washington, D.C., during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The organization elects fellows each year in recognition of their distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Founded in 1910, the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine trains the next generation of healthcare professionals. With campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, the College of Medicine offers the state’s only Doctor of Medicine degree program and a nationally competitive Physician Assistant program.

OU Medicine — along with its academic partner, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center — is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system of hospitals, clinics and centers of excellence. With 11,000 employees and more than 1,300 physicians and advanced practice providers, OU Medicine is home to Oklahoma’s largest physician network with a complete range of specialty care. OU Medicine serves Oklahoma and the region with the state’s only freestanding children’s hospital, the only National Cancer Institute-Designated Stephenson Cancer Center and Oklahoma’s flagship hospital, which serves as the state’s only Level 1 trauma center. OU Medicine’s mission is to lead healthcare in patient care, education and research.