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Featured Profile: Lin Randall


University of Missouri researcher Dr. Lin Randall is internationally renowned for discoveries about how proteins get to their proper locations.

Proteins are key molecules in all cells that determine cellular health and function. Although proteins are made only inside cells, many do their work outside the cell. Randall has been a leader in determining how newly made proteins are moved to where they work outside the cell.

Randall made ground-breaking discoveries about how cells identify, among thousands of proteins, those destined for outside the cell and how those proteins are routed to their proper place, particularly by the action of “chaperones” to guide them. She has studied these processes in the workhorse of biotechnology, the bacterium Escherichia coli, but what she discovered is relevant to all living cells, including those in humans.

In 1984, Randall received the Eli Lilly Award in Microbiology or Immunology. Eight years later, she received the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ MERIT Award, which recognizes sustained superior research and productivity. Randall was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences in 1997 and in 2004 was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Lin Randall is Wurdack Chair in Biochemical Sciences and a professor in the Department of Biochemistry, an interdisciplinary unit of the School of Medicine and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

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