Michael Cox, professor of biochemistry, was recently named a fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). The 2021 fellows, the inaugural class, are a distinguished group of scientists who have contributed to multiple missions of ASBMB over a sustained period of time and enriched the world through their efforts and accomplishments.
Cox’s lab studies DNA replication and repair and is best known for contributions to understanding the RecA and Flp recombinases, which have become widely used tools for biotechnology and developing transgenic model organisms. Cox has served as a member of the ASBMB Council and an associate editor of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. He was a member of the steering committee that developed concept-driven teaching strategies in biochemistry and molecular biology and continues to advise UW–Madison’s ASBMB Student Chapter. He has served for many years as a judge in the undergraduate research poster competition at the ASBMB annual meeting.
Aaron Hoskins, who nominated Cox as an ASBMB fellow, wrote, “Mike is a remarkable scientist. … From writing a grant to writing an exam, Mike has been an exceptional scientific role model in every way.”