The region’s most prestigious honor for a life sciences researcher has been awarded to Martin Burke, M.D., Ph.D., associate dean for research at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and a professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Burke pioneered a new field of medicine called molecular prosthetics to treat currently incurable diseases caused by loss of protein function. To enable this field, Burke created a 3-D printer for molecules, and his recent discovery of methods for replacing missing proteins with molecular prostheses are steps toward new treatments for anemia and cystic fibrosis.
Burke completed his undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University in 1998 and his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 2003. After completing his medical degree at Harvard Medical School, he joined he faculty in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois in June of 2005.
The iCON Awards celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding innovators and leaders whose work provides the basis for life sciences developments worldwide. Professor Burke is being honored for his pioneering work in molecular prosthetics. The iCON awards ceremony will take place September 26, 2019, at the Chicago Botanic Garden.