first_imgPeople Caltech Biophysicist Ibrahim Cissé Awarded Vilcek Prize By WHITNEY CLAVIN, Caltech Published on Monday, March 29, 2021 | 2:55 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 83 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community Newscenter_img Subscribe Make a comment HerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeauty CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Ibrahim Cisse. Photo courtesy Vilcek Foundation/Ian Johns PhotographyProfessor of Physics Ibrahim Cissé has been named one of the 2021 recipients of the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for “his use of super-resolution biological imaging to directly visualize the process of gene expression in living cells, and for his application of the physical sciences to RNA transcription to understand the behavior of biomolecules in living organisms,” according to the award citation.The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Sciences are awarded annually to young immigrant scientists living and working in the United States “whose early-career work exemplifies outstanding scientific accomplishment, and presents a significant contribution to their field of study,” according to the Vilcek Foundation.Cissé was born and raised in Niger, Africa. He moved to the United States at age 17 to attend North Carolina Central University. “Having trained at a historically Black college was just an incredible way of learning to see and think about race, not just in America but also in Africa,” he said in his Vilcek Foundation’s profile. “It gave me the knowledge and that empowerment that, no matter what adversity I was going to face, it is important to move forward in a way that will empower others and create opportunity for others.”Cissé, who joined the Caltech faculty earlier this year, is an expert in the imaging of single molecules in living cells. He brings the power of physics to the study of biological problems, such as the mechanisms by which RNA polymerase enzymes decode DNA into messenger RNAs, which are then translated into proteins. His work probes the fundamental workings of cells but also has applications in diseases such as Parkinson’s, ALS, and Alzheimer’s. More Cool Stuff Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more