Reeves-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Raymond Reeves has been selected to give the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Address as part of the annual Showcase celebration of Washington State University research, scholarship and creative work.

The address, “A Surprising Path to Regenerative Medicine,”¬†will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the science forum on the third floor of the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building. Reservations are requested. Showcase reservations are being accepted at http://showcase.wsu.edu through Wednesday, March 19.

showcase-125The annual award from Washington State University recognizes a faculty member whose achievements in research, scholarship and teaching place him or her in the front ranks of his or her discipline.

Reeves, a professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences and a faculty member at Washington State University since 1979, is one of the most highly cited scientists at WSU. He is ranked in the top 1 percent of cited authors for journals in the life sciences (Hirsch h-index > 50).

In 2010, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for contributions to the field of chromatin research, particularly for studies elucidating the structure and function of the HMGA family of non-histone architectural proteins.

The HMGA proteins play a role in cell metabolism, gene transcription, DNA replication, DNA repair and integration of retroviruses (such as HIV) into the genome. They are involved in both the cancerous transformation of normal cells and in the promotion of tumor cells to more malignant states, making them attractive targets for new anti-cancer drugs.

Reeves served as a member of the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of General Medical Sciences Biomedical Research and Training grant panel 2007-11 and on the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry 2006-11.