Winners of Science & SciLifeLab Prize for young scientists announced

Published: 2014-12-05


The names of the four winners of this years’ Science & SciLifeLab Prize are now official. The grand prize of USD 25,000 goes to Liron Bar-Peled for his work describing how multicellular organisms rely on environmental cues to dictate cell size.

The Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists is a global prize, established in 2013 by the scientific journal Science and SciLifeLab, aimed at rewarding young scientists at an early stage of their careers. 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.

“I feel incredibly honored to receive the Science and SciLifeLab Prize as it awards the culmination of years of research,” said 2014 Grand Prize winner Liron Bar-Peled, a Lallage Feazel Wall Fellow of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and Research Associate researcher at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, USA. “This Prize also validates the fundamental importance of how basic biological research can inform about the origins of complex human disease.”

Essays published in Science

Along with the Grand Prize winner, three category winners were also appointed (see below) within each prize category: Cell and Developmental Biology; Genomics and Proteomics; Environment; Translational Medicine; Developmental Biology. The Grand Prize winner will receive a prize of USD 25,000. Each of the three category winners will receive USD 3,000. The grand prize winning essay will be published in Science and essays from the three category winners will be published online.

The award ceremony takes place in Stockholm on December 9 in the famous Hall of Mirrors at the Grand Hotel, the location for the first Nobel Prize ceremony back in 1901. The four winners and representatives from Science visit Stockholm and Uppsala during four days in connection to the ceremony, taking part of an exciting scientific program as well as visiting SciLifeLab, tour of Stockholm and Uppsala.

Read press release from Science

2014 winners

Grand Prize Winner – Liron Bar-Peled
For his essay ” Size does matter” in the prize category Cell and Developmental Biology

Category winner – Dan Dominissini
For his essay “Roadmap to the Epitranscriptome – N6-methyl-adenosine Signals the Way, YTH Proteins” in the prize category Genomics and Proteomics

Category winner – Chelsea Wood
For her essay “Environmental change and the ecology of infectious disease” in the prize category Environment

Category winner – Simon Johnson
For his essay “A Novel Target for Pharmacological Intervention in an Untreatable Human Disease” in the prize category Translational Medicine

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