The Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists is a new global prize, established in 2013, aimed at rewarding young scientists at an early stage of their careers. Science/AAAS and SciLifeLab have joined forces in creating the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists to recognize excellence amongst young researchers.

The Prize is awarded annually to four young scientists for outstanding life science research for which he/she was awarded a doctoral degree in the previous year. The topic of the entrant’s thesis research must be in one of the following categories: Cell and Developmental Biology; Genomics and Proteomics; Environment; Translational Medicine. Find out more about the categories on The winners from each category will compete for the grand prize.

Each year, a grand prize winner is chosen from the winners in each category, and will receive a prize of US$25,000; and each of the three category winners will receive US$3,000. The grand prize winning essay will be published in Science and essays from the three category winners will be published online. Science/AAAS and SciLifeLab look forward to reviewing the research findings from future entrants.

Winners Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists 2014

Grand Prize winner: Liron Bar-Peled

Lallage Feazel Wall Fellow of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and Research Associate researcher at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, USA.
From: Rehovot, Israel
Area of essay: Cell and Developmental Biology
Title of essay: Size does matter

Category winner – Environment: Chelsea Wood
Fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan, USA
From: Long Island, USA
Title of essay: Environmental change and the ecology of infectious disease

Category winner – Translational Medicine: Simon Johnson
American Federation for Aging Research Fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York; USA
From: Salt Lake City, USA
Title of essay: A Novel Target for Pharmacological Intervention in an Untreatable Human Disease

Category winner – Genomics and Proteomics: Dan Dominissini
Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Chuan He at the University of Chicago, USA
From: Tel-Aviv, Israel
Title of essay: Roadmap to the Epitranscriptome – N6-methyl-adenosine Signals the Way, YTH Proteins


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For over 130 years the journal Science  has been the world’s leading journal of original scientific research, global news and commentary.

SciLifeLab is a collaboration between four universities in Stockholm and Uppsala, Sweden, and is a national center for molecular biosciences with focus on health and environmental research.

The Science and SciLifeLab prize is also made possible by the kind support of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

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