Distinguished Professor Charles Glabe named a 2020 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

December 17, 2020

Charles G. Glabe, Distinguished Professor of molecular biology & biochemistry in the School of Biological Sciences, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. His research focuses on the pathogenesis of amyloids in degenerative diseases, and he is being recognized for the creation of antibodies that bind to the four kinds of proteins forming the amyloid associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The process enables scientists to detect individual forms of the disease more precisely, and the antibodies can be used as a screening tool and could help develop immunotherapies that slow or even prevent Alzheimer’s. Professor Glabe also invented a technique for examining hundreds of antibodies in an individual’s blood and identifying the disease-causing agents they target. The National Academy of Inventors Fellows Program is the organization’s highest professional distinction awarded solely to academic inventors to recognize innovation that has made a tangible difference in quality of life, economic development and society’s wellbeing. UCI now has 12 National Academy of Inventors fellows.