News Release

M. Thomas Record, Jr. to receive the 2024 Ignacio Tinoco Award

Grant and Award Announcement

Biophysical Society

ROCKVILLE, MD – The Biophysical Society is pleased to announce that M. Thomas Record, Jr., PhD, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will receive the 2024 Ignacio Tinoco Award. Record will be honored at the Society’s 68th Annual Meeting, being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from February 10-14, 2024.

Record is being recognized for his pioneering research on the thermodynamics of protein-nucleic acid interactions and his dedication to mentoring and teaching biophysical chemistry to generations of students. “This award honors the legacy of Ignacio “Nacho” Tinoco, who challenged our community to continually push our fundamental understanding of biophysics,” said BPS President Taekjip Ha of Harvard Medical School. “Tom’s work is held in high regard, both nationally and internationally. He has contributed so significantly that his name is mentioned alongside a small, select group of researchers who have worked on nucleic acids and their interactions with ligands and proteins. We are honored to recognize his many years of highly innovative scientific contributions.”

About the Award – The Ignacio "Nacho" Tinoco Award of the Biophysical Society honors the scientific contributions, work, and life of an outstanding biophysical chemist. Tinoco’s contributions to the spectroscopic, thermodynamic, structural, and single-molecule study of biopolymers consistently deepened our understanding of fundamental biophysical principles, constantly moving this field toward new frontiers. This award is intended to recognize meritorious investigators who make important contributions to the physical chemistry of macromolecules.


The Biophysical Society, founded in 1958, is a professional, scientific society established to lead an innovative global community working at the interface of the physical and life sciences, across all levels of complexity, and to foster the dissemination of that knowledge. The Society promotes growth in this expanding field through its Annual Meeting, publications, and outreach activities. Its 7,500 members are located throughout the world, where they teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, laboratories, government agencies, and industry.

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