Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

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The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists was established in 2007 through a partnership between the Blavatnik Family Foundation, headed by American industrialist and philanthropist Len Blavatnik (Russian: Леонид Валентинович Блаватник), chairman of Access Industries, and the New York Academy of Sciences, headed by president and CEO Mr. Ellis Rubinstein. The awards have been given annually to selected faculty and postdoctoral researchers age 42 years and younger who work in the life and physical sciences and engineering at institutions in the New York tri-state area. The first Blavatnik Awards were given in New York City on Monday, November 12, 2007. On June 3, 2013, the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences announced the expansion of the faculty competition to include young scientists from institutions throughout the United States.[1][2][3][4]

National Faculty Competition[edit]

Beginning with the 2014 awards cycle, the national faculty competition accepts nominations for scientists working in three disciplinary categories: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. Nominations are accepted from institutions throughout the United States. Members of the Awards’ Scientific Advisory Council may also submit nominations. Submissions are reviewed by a Judging Panel of senior scientists and past Blavatnik Awards winners. The awards will be conferred annually with one winner (“Laureate”) from each disciplinary category selected each year (for a total of three Laureates per year). Each Laureate will receive a US$250,000 unrestricted cash prize and be honored at a ceremony in New York City every fall.

Regional Postdoctoral Competition[edit]

The regional program will continue to recognize postdoctoral researchers working at institutions in the New York tri-state area. The regional program accepts nominations for scientists working in the life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Nominations are accepted from institutions in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Submissions for the regional program are reviewed by a Judging Panel of senior scientists, science editors, and past Blavatnik winners from the Mid-Atlantic area. As of 2013, winners of the postdoctoral competition receive US$30,000 and finalists receive US$10,000, each in unrestricted cash prizes.

Past Regional Winners (Faculty and Postdoctoral)[edit]

Since the Awards’ inception, there have been 45 winners and 45 finalists named:

Year Winners Finalists
2007 Leon Bottou, NEC Labs America, Computer Science

George Malliaras, Cornell University, Nanotechnology

Ruslan Medzhitov, Yale University, Immunology

Milan Stojanovic, Columbia University, Biotechnology

Leslie Vosshall, The Rockefeller University, Behavioral Science

Antje Baeumner, Cornell University, Environmental Engineering

Christoph Bregler, New York University, Computer Science

Geoffrey Coates, Cornell University, Organic Chemistry

Antonio Giraldez, Yale University, Developmental Biology

Tarun Kapoor, The Rockefeller University, Cell Biology

Scott Keeney, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Molecular Biology

Philip Kim, Columbia University, Condensed Matter Physics

Colin Nuckolls, Columbia University, Organic Chemistry

Kathryn Uhrich, Rutgers University, Green Chemistry

2008 Alexei Aravin, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Developmental Biology

Steven Gubser, Princeton University, Nuclear & Particle Physics

Andrew Houck, Princeton University, Electrical Engineering

Laura Landweber, Princeton University, Evolutionary Biology

Thomas Muir, The Rockefeller University, Biochemistry

Alexei Aravin, California Institute of Technology, Developmental Biology

Matthew Evans, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Microbiology

Valerie Horsley, Yale University, Developmental Biology

Andreas Keller, The Rockefeller University, Neuroscience

Shobha Vasudevan, Harvard University, Cell & Molecular Biology

Daphne Bavelier, University of Rochester, Cognitive Neuroscience

Geoffrey Coates, Cornell University, Organic Chemistry

Christine Jacobs-Wagner, Yale University, Cell & Molecular Biology

Eric Lai, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Developmental Biology

Ken Shepard, Columbia University, Electrical Engineering

Saeed Tavazoie, Columbia University, Genetics & Genomics

2009 Sreekanth Chalasani, The Rockefeller University, Behavioral Science

Paul Chirik, Cornell University, Chemical Biology

Ofer Feinerman, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Computational Biology

Carmala Garzione, University of Rochester, Geology

Rebecca Oppenheimer, American Museum of Natural History, Astrophysics

Eva Pastalkova, Rutgers University, Neuroscience

Alexander Pechen, Princeton University, Astrophysics

Shai Shaham, The Rockefeller University, Developmental Biology

Tamas Horvath, Yale University, Molecular Neuroscience

Lam Hui, Columbia University, Astrophysics

Daniel Sigman, Princeton University, Geology

Denis Zorin, New York University, Computer Science

2010 Zoltan Haiman, Columbia University, Astronomy

Yaron Lipman, Princeton University, Computer Science

Michal Lipson, Cornell University, Nanotechnology

Haitao Liu, Columbia University, Nanotechnology

Evgeny Nudler, New York University, Biochemistry

Daniela Schiller, New York University, Behavioral Science

Song-Hai Shi, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Neuroscience

Nicolas Reyes, Institut Pasteur, Physiology & Biophysics

Agnel Sfeir, New York University, Cell Biology

Elza Erkip, Polytechnic University of NYU, Electrical Engineering

David Evans, Yale University, Geology & Geophysics

Neal Weiner, New York University, Particle Physics

2011 Johannes Gehrke, Cornell University, Computer Science

Szabolcs Marka, Columbia University, Astrophysics

Frank Oury, Columbia University, Physiology

Valentino Tosatti, Columbia University, Mathematics

Roberto Bonasio, New York University, Biochemistry

Mary Kay Lobo, University of Maryland, Cellular Neuroscience

Shaun Olsen, Medical University of South Carolina, Structural Biology

Ruth Van de Water, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Nuclear & Particle Physics

Robert Anderson, City College CUNY, Ecology

Charalampos Kalodimos, Rutgers University, Structural Biology

Jun Korenaga, Yale University, Geology

Olga Troyanskaya, Princeton University, Computational Biology

Gerard Wysocki, Princeton University, Electrical Engineering

2012 B. Andrei Bernevig, Princeton University, Particle Physics

Andrey Feklistov, The Rockefeller University, Structural Biology

Jason Fridley, Syracuse University, Ecology

Alison Galvani, Yale University, Epidemiology[5]

Michael Hahn, Columbia University, Astronomy

Robert Johnston, New York University, Developmental Biology

Assaf Naor, New York University, Computer Science

Elisa Oricchio, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Clinical Medicine

Nicholas Stavropoulos, The Rockefeller University, Neuroscience

Michael Collins, Columbia University, Computer Science

Wei Min, Columbia University, Physical Chemistry

2013 David Blei, Princeton University, Computer Science

Jonathan Fisher, The Rockefeller University, Behavioral Science[6]

Kristjan Haule, Rutgers University, Condensed Matter Physics

Patrick Holland, University of Rochester, Inorganic Chemistry[7]

Samie Jaffrey, Weill Cornell Medical College, Chemical Biology[8]

Frans Pretorius, Princeton University, Astrophysics

Rachel Rosen, Columbia University, Astrophysics

Bi-Sen Ding, Weill Cornell Medical College, Physiology

Emily Hodges, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Genetics & Genomics

Mariangela Lisanti, Princeton University, Nuclear & Particle Physics

Jason MacGurn, Vanderbilt University, Cell Biology

Xiankai Sun, Yale University, Electrical Engineering

2014 Clément Hongler, Columbia University, Applied Mathematics

Jeremy Palmer, Princeton University, Chemical Engineering

Panteleimon Rompolas, Yale University, Developmental Biology

Stephen Brohawn, The Rockefeller University, Biochemistry & Structural Biology

Dilek Colak, Weill Cornell Medical College, Neuroscience

Nathaniel Craig, Rutgers University, Theoretical Physics

Knut Drescher, Princeton University, Immunology & Microbiology

Xiaowei Hou, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Biochemistry & Structural Biology

Jérémie Palacci, New York University, Condensed Matter Physics

2014 Rachel Wilson, Harvard University, Life Sciences

Marin Soljačić, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Physical Sciences & Engineering

Adam Cohen, Harvard University, Chemistry


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