Category Archives: Awards and Honors

Jean-Laurent Casanova honored with the Korsmeyer Award

Jean-Laurent Casanova honored with the Korsmeyer AwardJean-Laurent Casanova is the recipient of the 2016 Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award. The award recognizes Casanova for discovering that vulnerability to life-threatening infectious illnesses in otherwise healthy children and young adults can arise from single-gene inborn errors. More »

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Lewis Thomas Prize to be awarded to Sean B. Carroll

Lewis Thomas Prize to be awarded to Sean B. CarrollEvolutionary biologist and author Sean B. Carroll to receive Rockefeller University’s science writing prize. The award recognizes Carroll’s body of work, including his 2013 book Brave Genius: A Scientist, A Philosopher and their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize. More »

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Luciano Marraffini receives the Hans Sigrist Prize for work on antibiotic resistance

Luciano Marraffini receives the Hans Sigrist Prize for work on antibiotic resistanceThis award, bestowed by the University of Bern, honors Marraffini for his work developing a new approach to fight antibiotic resistance. Marraffini studies CRISPR-Cas systems, which enable some bacteria to acquire immunity against viruses, and is investigating ways to use them to fight off microbial pathogens. More »

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Jean-Laurent Casanova elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Jean-Laurent Casanova elected to the National Academy of MedicineWith his election, Casanova, who investigates the genetic underpinnings of unusual vulnerability to specific infectious diseases among young people, receives one of the highest honors within the field of medicine. Seventeen Rockefeller scientists are currently members of the academy of medicine. More »

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Two Rockefeller postdocs recognized by Blavatnik Regional Awards

Two Rockefeller postdocs recognized by Blavatnik Regional Awards

Hani Goodarzi and Ziv Shulman have been named a winner and a finalist, respectively, by the Blavatnik Regional Awards, which honor outstanding postdoctoral scientists in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Goodarzi is a postdoc in Sohail Tavazoie’s lab; Shulman, a former postdoc in Michel Nussenzweig’s lab, has since established his own lab at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

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Helen Hobbs will receive the 2015 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize

Helen Hobbs will receive the 2015 Pearl Meister Greengard PrizeHobbs, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is being recognized for her work on the genetic determinants of plasma lipoprotein levels and risk for cardiovascular disease. The prize is intended to honor the extraordinary work of established women scientists and to motivate young women considering careers in the sciences. More »

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Heilbrunn Center announces recipients of its Nurse Scholar Awards

Three nurses at New York state universities have been selected as recipients of the awards, which The Rockefeller University gives annually to support nurses while they pursue independent research. This year’s winners will study sleep disruption associated with asthma in women, the relationship between mothers’ self-perceptions and children’s diet, and how self-perception as a drinker affects smoking. More »

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Joel Cohen and Torsten Wiesel receive Golden Goose Awards for research with unexpected benefits

Joel Cohen and Torsten Wiesel receive Golden Goose Awards for research with unexpected benefits

The Golden Goose Award, which honors seemingly obscure federally funded research that has led to major breakthroughs, recognizes Cohen’s development of a map of human population by geographic altitude and Wiesel’s experiments showing cats dots or lights projected on a screen. Cohen’s project has had many applications in fields ranging from microchip manufacturing to human disease, while Wiesel’s discoveries led to a better understanding of the visual system, as well as improved treatment of childhood cataracts.

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Luciano Marraffini and Robert Roeder recognized by ASBMB awards

Luciano Marraffini and Robert Roeder recognized by ASBMB awards

Marraffini, who studies the adaptive immune systems, known as CRISPR-Cas systems, found in some bacteria and used in genome editing, has won the Earl and Thressa Stadtman Scholar Award. Meanwhile, Robert Roeder, who investigates the mechanisms that regulate transcription, the process by which genes are copied into RNA, is the recipient of the Herbert Tabor Research Award.

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Postdoc Shruti Naik wins Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation

Postdoc Shruti Naik wins Regeneron Prize for Creative InnovationAwarded by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the prize recognizes innovative young scientists based on proposals they submit that have the potential to drive biomedical research forward. Naik proposed using stem cell-based therapies to treat inflammatory diseases, such as psoriasis, chronic pulmonary obstructive disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. More »

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First Winners of Tri-Institutional Breakout Awards Announced

Six young scientists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller University, and Weill Cornell Medical College have been named the inaugural winners of a new prize for postdoctoral investigators in the life sciences. The Breakout Awards were established by three Tri-Institutional winners of the 2013 Breakthrough Prize in Life Science with additional financial support from the institutions themselves. More »

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Daniel Kronauer chosen as a Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences

DanielThe Pew program provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. Kronauer will be using ants as a model system to study how the structure of social networks influences the spread of infections. More »

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Luciano Marraffini selected as a Blavatnik National Award finalist

Luciano Marraffini selected as a Blavatnik National Award finalistMarraffini, who studies the CRISPR-Cas systems that enable some bacteria to acquire immunity against viruses, is among 32 highly qualified young faculty researchers selected to compete for this national award. More »

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A. James Hudspeth elected to the American Philosophical Society

A. James Hudspeth elected to the American Philosophical SocietyMembership in this honorary society recognizes outstanding accomplishments within a member’s field. Hudspeth has worked toward a deepened understanding of the receptor cells of the inner ear, and how they contribute to hearing and hearing loss. More »

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Gaby Maimon honored with a McKnight Scholar Award

Gaby Maimon honored with a McKnight Scholar AwardMaimon, the head of the Laboratory of Integrative Brain Function, will receive $75,000 per year for three years to support his research. Given by The McKnight Endowment Fund, the award seeks to support young scientists whose work could have implications for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of brain diseases. More »

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Paul Nurse to receive Friesen International Prize

Paul Nurse to receive Friesen International PrizePaul Nurse, president emeritus at Rockefeller, has been awarded the Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research. The prize honors him as a pioneering scientist, science advocate, and policy maker who has had an important impact on science through excellence in research, leadership, and communication. More »

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Leslie Vosshall and Jean-Laurent Casanova elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Jean-Laurent Casanova and Leslie Vosshall elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Vosshall, who investigates how sensory stimuli are perceived and processed, and Casanova, who studies the genetics of infectious disease susceptibility in children, are among the new members and foreign associates to be inducted into the Academy in 2015. With Vosshall and Casanova’s election, Rockefeller now boasts 36 members or foreign associates of the National Academy of Sciences among its current faculty.

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Elaine Fuchs wins cell biologists’ highest honor

Elaine Fuchs wins cell biologists’ highest honorIn recognition of her pioneering research on mammalian skin and adult stem cells, Fuchs has received the E.B. Wilson Medal, the highest scientific honor bestowed by the American Society for Cell Biology. The medal will be presented at the society’s annual meeting in California on December 15. More »

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Charles Rice to receive 2015 Robert Koch Award

Charles Rice to receive the 2015 Robert Koch AwardGranted by the Robert Koch Foundation, the annual award is one of Germany’s most distinguished scientific prizes and honors extraordinary accomplishments in infectious disease research. It recognizes Rice’s work on understanding the lifecycle of the hepatitis C virus and laying the groundwork for effective therapeutic developments. More »

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The Rockefeller University designated a “Milestones in Microbiology” site by the American Society for Microbiology

The designation is made in recognition of the many outstanding achievements of Rockefeller scientists, and in particular for ground-breaking discoveries by Oswald T. Avery, Colin M. MacLeod, Maclyn McCarty, Peyton Rous, and Emil C. Gotschlich. It will be formally announced at a dedication ceremony on April 8. More »