The editorial board of the journal The Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC) chose a study led by Che-Hang Yu (Applied Physics, Ph.D. ‘19) and MCB and Applied Physics professor Daniel Needleman to receive the annual “MBoC Paper of the Year” award.
The full paper, titled “Central-spindle microtubules are strongly coupled to chromosomes during both anaphase A and anaphase B,” is available on MBoC’s site.
“I am incredibly thrilled and honored to receive this award,” says Yu, who is currently a postdoc at UC Santa Barbara. “Publishing this work is an arduous journey, but it is great to see this paper recognized by cell biologists. Throughout my academic career, I have been building new tools to see things that people have never or hardly seen before. This recognition is a great encouragement for me to keep innovating.”
In an award citation that ran in the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) newsletter, MBoC’s editor-in-chief wrote, “Che-Hang Yu’s work is a technical tour-de-force that reveals a tight coupling between central-spindle microtubules and segregating chromosomes in the mitotic spindle during anaphase.”
“I am thrilled that Che-Hang’s work was honored in this way,” says Needleman. “Che-Hang is an out-of-the-box thinker and a careful experimentalist. His discoveries fundamentally challenge the way that I, and many others, thought about the mechanism of chromosome segregation.”
Congratulations to Professor Needleman and Dr. Yu!