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Claire Fraser 77, director and president of The Institute for Genomics Research (TIGR) in Rockville, Md., has received the E.O Lawrence Award from the Energy Department for her contributions to genome analysis technology, its extension to the understanding of microbial diversity, and its application to human pathogens.
The award was presented to Fraser by U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham at a ceremony in Washington. Fraser was honored in the Life Sciences category.
The Lawrence Award was established in 1959 to honor the memory of Ernest O. Lawrence, who invented the cyclotron particle accelerator. It is given for outstanding contributions in the field of atomic energy, which has influenced many other fields of science, including environmental research, materials science, and nuclear medicine.
Fraser is overseeing several major research projects, including the genomic sequencing of Bacillus anthracis. She is a member of the National Research Council committee on countering bioterrorism and on domestic animal genomics.
Fraser received an honorary doctorate in science at Rensselaers 2002 Commencement ceremony.