April 24, 2015
Dr. James Dahlberg was awarded the 2015 Basic Sciences Emeritus Faculty Award by the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association .Dr. Dahlberg joined the Department of Biomolecular Chemistry in 1969 as an assistant professor and moved quickly through the ranks, becoming full professor in 1974.
Dr. Dahlberg’s cutting-edge research on the basic structure and function of nucleic acids, particularly in RNA, has had a profound impact on our understanding of nucleic acid metabolism in both normal and disease states. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications and 37 issued US patents. The impact of his work and the respect of his peers is evidenced by his election to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).
Dr. Dahlberg became a professor emeritus in 2005, but continues to be active in his research and his service. He also recently served as interim director and associate director of the Morgridge Institute for Research.
Through his scientific discoveries, entrepreneurship, teaching and service, Dr. Dahlberg has played a key role in making the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health the outstanding institution that it is today.