It is with great sadness that we report the death of our colleague, Beth Levine, HHMI Investigator, Charles Cameron Sprague Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Science, and director of the Center for Autophagy Research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Beth, 60, passed away on June 14, 2020.

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Beth Levine sought to understand the regulation and functions of autophagy, the body’s process of degrading and recycling damaged cellular components. Levine and her team used approaches from biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, and genetics to study the essential autophagy protein Beclin 1, as well as mediators of selective forms of autophagy. The team studied the regulation of these proteins, as well as the molecular mechanisms by which the proteins protect against cancer, infectious diseases, aging, metabolic disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases. In addition, they developed strategies to increase autophagy to improve human health.

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