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Member Spotlight: Jay Fox

2016 ABRF Lifetime Recognition Award Winner Jay Fox

Jay Fox

In 2016, the ABRF celebrated the contributions of Jay Fox with a Lifetime Recognition Award.
According to ABRF, this award is given by the Executive Board to members with longstanding contributions to the success of the ABRF and who have been keystones to its missions.”

Jay has been involved with ABRF since the early days. As director of a protein synthesis core, he was affiliated with the Methods of Protein Sequence Analysis Association (MPSA) in the early 1990’s when sessions about ABRF research results were included in MPSA meetings. His first role within ABRF was to serve on the DNA Synthesis Committee. Over the years since then, he has served the organization in multiple capacities, including a term as President and is a well-known figure at our annual meetings.  If you don’t know his name, you will still say, “Oh, that guy,” when you see him.

Jay is currently the Director of Research Infrastructure at the University of Virginia School of Medicine where he directs the Office for Research Core Administration (ORCA) and oversees 17 cores. He has been instrumental in growing and unifying the core lab infrastructure at UVA while simultaneously progressing through a regular faculty career/track of research, teaching and service to eventually become a tenured professor.

The professional connections to people with similar responsibilities have been an important resource for Jay as he built a career in the new field of shared resources facilities. Colleagues at all types of institutions face similar challenges. Sharing others’ success and taking that insight into the context of his own institution has helped Jay on this journey.

Currently, Jay chairs the ABRF Award Committee and serves on the FASEB Science Policy Committee.

“The committee that assembled and published the FASEB Shared Resource Report was well represented by ABRF members and Sheena Mischein particular played a very important role to ensure our view of shared resources was appropriately represented in the document.”

Asked what makes the ABRF special and why he is a member, Jay responded, “We are a rather diverse and open association, welcoming all perspectives. I am a member because I gain value from membership. I would strongly recommend other senior administrators to belong both for the purpose of engaging with others with similar responsibilities but also for opportunities to interact with scientists at other institutions who provide value to the faculty through their cores.”

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