Category Archives: Awards and Honors

Marc Tessier-Lavigne receives lifetime achievement award from biotech executives

Marc Tessier-Lavigne receives lifetime achievement award from biotech executivesThe annual recipient of the NY/NJ CEO Lifetime Achievement Award is nominated and elected by peers from within the biotechnology industry and it recognizes the extraordinary contributions of the awardees toward advancing medical science and products that address unmet medical needs, as well as in helping to create an environment that fosters the growth of the industry in the New York metropolitan area.
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C. David Allis wins the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

C. David Allis wins the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences’Allis is recognized for his foundational research on the unexpected regulation of gene activation by modifications to proteins that package DNA, work with implications for many diseases including cancer. The Breakthrough Prize is worth $3 million, making it the richest prize in the life sciences, roughly double the Nobel Prize. More »

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Cori Bargmann awarded 2015 Benjamin Franklin Medal

New technique efficiently turns antibodies into highly tuned ‘nanobodies’Rockefeller University neurobiologist Cori Bargmann will receive the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Sciences for contributions that have led to major discoveries elucidating the relationship between genes, neurons, neural circuits and behavior. The award, announced this week, will be presented in April at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. More »

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Rockefeller neurobiology lab is awarded first-round BRAIN initiative grant

Rockefeller neurobiology lab is awarded first-round BRAIN initiative grantResearchers are developing a technology that uses radio waves or magnetic fields to turn neurons on or off remotely. This tool may allow them to study the role of neural circuits in behavior. More »

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Rockefeller postdoc Stephen Brohawn named Blavatnik Award regional finalist

Rockefeller postdoc Stephen Brohawn named Blavatnik Award regional finalistBrohawn, a member of Roderick MacKinnon’s Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology and Biophysics, studies how proteins called mechanosensitive ion channels sense mechanical forces. He is one of nine finalists from the New York region. More »


Stanford’s Lucy Shapiro to receive 2014 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize

Stanford's Lucy Shapiro to receive 2014 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize The Rockefeller University has announced that Lucy Shapiro, professor of developmental biology at Stanford University School of Medicine, will receive the 2014 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize. The annual award, which celebrates the achievements of outstanding women in science, will be presented to Shapiro on the Rockefeller campus November 11. More »


Jean-Laurent Casanova honored with 2014 Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Award

Jean-Laurent Casanova honored with 2014 Sanofi-Institut Pasteur AwardCasanova is recognized for discovering “holes” in the immune systems of otherwise healthy children that make them susceptible to specific, sometimes life-threatening infectious diseases. More »

Jean-Laurent Casanova to receive 2014 Robert Koch Award

Jean-Laurent Casanova to receive 2014 Robert Koch Award Casanova is honored for his work on host genes and their products in infectious diseases. His lab is interested in why some children develop severe infectious diseases after coming into contact with certain pathogens, while most other children do not. More »

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Daniel Schramek awarded Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation by a Postdoctoral Fellow

Schramek, one of just two individuals receiving the annual award, is being recognized for his proposal of a project that used sequence-based personalized medicine to treat the most devastating features of cancer. The award comes with a $50,000 prize and a $5,000 donation to support seminars at Rockefeller. More »

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Tri-Institutional Breakthrough Prize winners establish new award for postdocs

Award winners from the three institutions have joined together, designating a portion of their prize proceeds to create the Tri-Institutional Breakout Awards for Junior Investigators, postdoctoral awards that will recognize promise among scientist trainees. More »

Robert Darnell elected to National Academy of Sciences

Darnell, who focuses on understanding a group of rare brain diseases, the paraneoplastic neurologic disorders (PNDs), and how they arise in conjunction with immune responses to cancer, is one of 84 newly elected members announced today by the Academy.
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Surgeon and writer Atul Gawande awarded Lewis Thomas Prize

Gawande, who practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has written several highly regarded books on public health, including Complications, a collection of stories about his experiences as a surgical resident. More »

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Titia de Lange to receive Canada Gairdner International Award

de Lange is being recognized for her discovery of the mechanisms by which mammalian telomeres are protected from deleterious DNA repair and damage responses. The Gairdner is Canada’s highest scientific award and is considered among the most prestigious international prizes in science. More »

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Nora Pencheva wins 2014 Weintraub Graduate Student Award

Pencheva, a graduate fellow in Sohail Tavazoie’s Laboratory of Systems Cancer Biology, is one of 13 recipients of this prestigious award. Her thesis project explores the molecular biology of metastatic melanoma — the most deadly type of skin cancer. More »

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Adjunct faculty member Kayo Inaba receives L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science award

Inaba, a member of Michel Nussenzweig’s Laboratory of Molecular Immunology who previously worked in Ralph Steinman’s lab, is known for her work on specialized immune cells called dendritic cells. Inaba is being honored as the Asia-Pacific recipient of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science award, which supports eminent women in science throughout the world who are working in life and physical sciences. More »

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Elaine Fuchs receives prestigious award from American Association for Cancer Research

Fuchs is being recognized with the 2014 Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research for her contributions to the understanding of skin, skin stem cells and skin-related disease. Fuchs is highly regarded for her studies using reverse genetics to understand the biological basis of normal and abnormal skin development and function. The award, now in its 17th year, recognizes an individual scientist of international renown who has made a major scientific discovery in basic or translational cancer research. More »

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Sebastian Klinge awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

Klinge, who joined the faculty in September, is among 126 early-career scholars from a range of scientific disciplines to be recognized for their promise as the next generation of scientific leaders. He will receive $50,000 over two years to further his research on the structure and function of ribosomes, the cell’s protein factories. His lab is working to solve the structure of the macromolecules that catalyze key steps of ribosome creation in cells. More »

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David Allis, pioneer in epigenetics, to receive prestigious Japan Prize

Allis’s discovery that chemical “tags” bind to specific sections of histone proteins in order to activate or silence nearby genes has ignited the field of epigenetics, a relatively new area of study which explores the inheritance of physical changes that cannot be traced back to mutations in the DNA sequence. The Japan Prize, worth approximately half a million dollars, is among the most prestigious prizes in science. More »

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Neuroscientist Gaby Maimon given top honor from White House for early career scientists

Maimon has been chosen by President Obama as one of 20 NIH scientists to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He is being recognized for his work linking genes to higher brain function by way of cellular electrophysiology, research that earned him the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award in 2012. More »

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Neuroscientist Winrich Freiwald awarded New York Stem Cell Foundation grant

Freiwald, who studies the neural processes that allow the brain to recognize objects and maintain attention, is is one of seven scientists who have been named Robertson Investigators and will receive $1.5 million over the next five years to expand their laboratories and train other scientists. More »