Cancer researcher named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow

UCLA cancer researcher Dr. Carla Koehler

Carla Koehler, a professor with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Koehler’s election is an honor bestowed on her by her peers within the Association.

Koehler’s body of research was cited for distinguished contributions to the field of biochemistry and cell biology. In particular, her work in characterizing mechanisms of protein and RNA transport in the mitochondria.

The mitochondria is the powerhouse of cells and is responsible for energy production. The mitochondria and its pathways are also used by cancer cells to fuel their growth and spread. Koehler’s work in this area focuses on disrupting the metabolism of cancer cells to prevent them from metastasizing. 

Koehler, who also is a member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, has previously been honored as a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Scholar, an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Young Investigator and with the American Heart Association’s Established Investigator Award.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world’s largest general scientific society. It was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Its annual fellowship tradition began in 1874 and it is a lifelong honor for recipients who maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity.

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