Aging award

Benjamin Tu (36) of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is the recipient of this year's Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research. Tu is recognized for his innovative work on previously little-considered molecules that hold important clues to the biochemistry of cancer and aging. The $100,000 annual award honors early-career scientists at Texas institutions who are considered as expanding the frontiers of chemistry. Tu's work specifically looks at metabolites as key components and drivers of cellular activity rather than being the waste product bystanders they were originally conceived to be.