Draft:Houra Merrikh

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  • Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: * The Vilcek Prize is for"creative promise". An award for creative promise means the person might become notable some day, but not yet.

The almost identical wording and inclusion of the same picture in most of the references indicates their origin in a press release. DGG ( talk ) 21:42, 25 October 2019 (UTC)

  • From the Vilcek Prize website, "The Vilcek Prizes are awarded annually to immigrants who have made lasting contributions to American society. Two prizes are awarded, one in biomedical science and one in a rotating category of the arts and humanities; this year, the arts and humanities prize recognizes immigrant accomplishments in the culinary arts. (Previous categories include music, film, architecture, literature, dance, contemporary music, design, fashion, theatre, and fine arts.) Vilcek Prize winners receive a $100,000 cash award" Jooojay (talk) 21:54, 25 October 2019 (UTC)
  • The statement regarding citations being sourced from press releases is untrue since we can all see the sources - many of which are from notable newspapers and magazines including Huffington Post, The Atlantic, ScientificDaily, Slate news, and others. If you think there are press releases please inline tag the sources in question. Thank you. Jooojay (talk) 22:00, 25 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: Awards from their own campus do not count, and awards as a developing investigator are equivalent to "not yet notable"

These is still missing material: her current rank, the dates for her positions. And, most important, evidence of sufficient citation to show they are an expert. DGG ( talk ) 04:37, 22 October 2019 (UTC)

  • I am following WP:PROF and I am seeing notability and sufficient citations. I will need more specific feedback from you (citing WP) if you are still finding this article unacceptable and needing proof of notability. I did make changes this round and added even more RS citations (currently 17 citations for essentially a stub article). Jooojay (talk) 06:03, 22 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: Does not meet the standards at WP:PROF. Though there is well cited work, it was apparently done as a gradate student, where she was not the principle investigator. Awards from one's own campus do not count in notability. DGG ( talk ) 12:15, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Appears to now meet WP:PROF with new citations. Vilcek Prize is not related to any campus. She has significant impact in the area of science within higher education, and she has affected a substantial number of academic institutions (ie. UW & VU). Significant coverage with HuffPo, Slate, The Atlantic, ScienceDaily and others. Jooojay (talk) 02:19, 22 October 2019 (UTC)

Houra Merrikh is an Iranian-American microbiologist, biochemist, researcher, and educator.[1][2] She is a full Professor at Vanderbilt University in the Department of Biochemistry. She is known for her study of antibiotic resistance and bacterial evolvability, which are revolutionary in the field of biochemistry.[2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Merrikh was born in Iran and fled the country during the Iran-Iraq War, she was raised in Turkey.[2] At age 16, she was sent to Texas to continue her education.[2] She naturalized as a citizen of the United States in 2003.[5] After attending community college in Texas, she enrolled at the University of Houston and later Boston University.[6]

She obtained a M.S. degree in 2006 and a Ph.D. in 2009 from Brandeis University, and worked with biologist Susan Lovett.[1][6][7] She was a National Institutes of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 2009 until 2011.[1]


Starting in 2009, she is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Health and Sciences at the University of Washington.[8] In 2015, she discovered a bacterial protein called Mutation Frequency Decline (Mfd) quickens the bacterial mutation process.[9] Her work researches ways to slow the rate of bacterial mutations and to block their evolution.[10][11] In 2017, she led the research group to help bacteria survive hostile environments and resist antibiotics, done through disrupting DNA replication in order to boost the rate of gene mutations.[12]

This research is used in the fight against antibiotic resistance and for the design of better antibiotics, and may have widespread impact in the developing countries where antibiotic resistance is more commonly seen.[9][10] Additionally this research is a preeminent application of evolutionary biology to the field of medicine, utilizing new technologies and creating new perspectives for finding solutions to medical issues.[13]

Merrikh has had her own research lab where she serves as director, Merrikh Lab.[1][14] The Merrikh Lab was invited in 2019 to share their proposal for antibiotic resistance, a global health problem with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.[1]

In January 2019, Merrikh is a full Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University.

Honors and awards[edit]

Dr. Merrikh is one of the recipients of the 2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Awards,[15] for investigating the impact of replication-transcription conflicts on bacterial evolution. Additionally she received the Vilcek Foundation, 2016 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science,[6][16] and the University of Washington Innovation Award in 2015[17] for her research on the impact of replication-transcription conflicts on antibiotic resistance development.


  1. ^ a b c d e Memarian, Jahandad (2016-06-26). "Houra Merrikh on Overcoming Adversity and Becoming a Leading Scientist". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  2. ^ a b c d Yong, Ed (2018-11-15). "A Bold New Strategy for Stopping the Rise of Superbugs". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  3. ^ "How head-on collisions of DNA protein machines stop replication: The collisions promote mutations that may help bacteria adapt to stress". ScienceDaily. 2017-08-15. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  4. ^ "It's In the Genes w/ Houra Merrikh". Everything You Know Is Wrong. Retrieved 2019-10-22. Her research into the mutagenic nature of co-directional gene collisions were revolutionary in the field and won her the 2016 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science.
  5. ^ Yong, Ed (2017-01-29). "Trump's Immigration Ban Is Already Harming American Science". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  6. ^ a b c "GSA member Houra Merrikh honored with Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise". Genes to Genomes. 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2019-10-22. Working with former GSA Board member Susan Lovett
  7. ^ "Graduate Students: 2000s". Brandeis Magazine. Brandeis University. Winter 2016. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  8. ^ Cepelewicz, Jordana. "Bacteria Sacrifice DNA Repair for Better RNA". Quanta Magazine. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  9. ^ a b Palisoc, Mhean (2019-01-03). "Merrikh Lab Working to Defeat Drug-Resistant Superbugs". Science and Technology Research News. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  10. ^ a b "Il y a peut-être une solution pour stopper la résistance aux antibiotiques". Slate.fr (in French). 2018-12-31. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  11. ^ ""Anti-Evolution Drugs" Could Offer New Strategy against Antimicrobial Resistance Crisis". GEN - Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News. 2018-11-19. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  12. ^ Rasmussen, Ray (2017-08-15). "How DNA Protein Machines Collide Head on and Stop Replication". Science and Technology Research News. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  13. ^ "Antibiyotik direncine evrimsel çözüm arayışı" [Evolutionary search for antibiotic resistance]. soL Haber Portalı (in Turkish). 2019-01-11. Retrieved 2019-10-22. Kuşkusuz bu araştırma evrimsel biyolojinin tıbba uygulanmasının, sağlık sorunlarının çözümüne yönelik yeni ufuklar açması bakımından çok önemli.
  14. ^ "Merrikh Lab working to defeat drug-resistant superbugs". Technology Org. 2019-01-07. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  15. ^ "Project Information - NIH RePORTER - NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools Expenditures and Results". projectreporter.nih.gov. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  16. ^ "The Vilcek Foundation - The Vilcek Foundation - 2016 Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science and Theatre". www.vilcek.org. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  17. ^ "14 UW researchers win 2015 Innovation Awards". UW News. Retrieved 2018-03-26.

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