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Past Awards

The International Birnstiel Award is presented to outstanding scientists in recognition of their doctoral research in the life sciences since 2019. Here, we list all past winners, honorable mentions, and nominating institutions. 

Patrick Chitwood, MRC LMB
Research field: protein biogenesis
Supervisor: Ramanujan Hegde

Eliran Kadosh, Hebrew University
Research field: mut-p53 & gut homeostasis
Supervisor: Yinon Ben-Neriah

Fangyu Liu, The Rockefeller University
Research field: membrane biology
Supervisor: Jue Chen

Anna-Katharina Pfitzner, University of Geneva
Research field: ESCRT-III biology
Supervisor: Aurélien Roux

Christopher Reinkemeier, EMBL
Research field: synthetic biology
Supervisor: Edward Lemke

Vayu Maini Rekdal, Harvard University
Research field: biochemistry
Supervisor: Emily Balskus

You can find the press release with the award announcement here.

Due to the high number of outstanding nominations, many strong candidates could not be acknowledged with an award. The selection committee highlighted an additional six scientists as “honourable mentions” that deserve special recognition:

Ellinor Alseth, University of Exeter
Research field: Microbiology
Supervisor: Edze Westra

Joep Beumer, Hubrecht Institute
Research field: Differentiating organoids
Supervisor: Hans Clevers

Yael Korem Kohanim, the Weizmann Institute of Science - Molecular Cell Biology
Research field: Computational biology
Supervisor: Uri Alon

Oriol Pich, IRB Barcelona
Research field: Cancer Genomics
Supervisor: Nuria Lopes-Bigas

Raviv Pryluk, the Weizmann Institute of Science - Neurobiology
Research field: Systems Neuroscience
Supervisor: Rony Paz

Joanna Wandzik, European Molecular Biology Laboratory - Grenoble
Research field: Viral transcription
Supervisor: Stephen Cusack

  • Aarhus University, Department of Biomedicine, DK
  • Aarhus University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, DK
  • AMOLF, Living Matter Department, NL
  • Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, NL
  • CBI, CNRS Unit 5088, University of Toulouse, FR
  • Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG), ES
  • Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa, ES
  • Charitè University Medicine, Department of Biochemistry, DE
  • CIML (Centre d'Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy), FR
  • CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), FR
  • Complutense University, ES
  • CSIC Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante, ES
  • ENS de Lyon, FR
  • EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), CH
  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory, EBI Hinxton, UK
  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Grenoble, FR
  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, DE
  • Florida International University, US
  • Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI), CH
  • Georgetown University, US
  • German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), DE
  • Goethe University Frankfurt, DE
  • Hannover Medical School, IMTTS, DE
  • Harvard University, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, US
  • Hebrew University, Environmental Sciences, IL
  • Hebrew University, Hebrew U-Hadassah Medical School, IL
  • Helmholtz Zentrum München, DE
  • Hubrecht Institute, NL
  • HZI - Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, DE
  • IFOM, FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology, IT
  • Imperial College, UK
  • Institut Curie, FR
  • Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS), FR
  • Institut Pasteur, FR
  • Institute of Experimental Medicine, CZ
  • Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel, CH
  • Institute of Molecular Genetics L. L. Cavalli-Sforza, IT
  • Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes, PT
  • Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, PT
  • IRB Barcelona, ES
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, US
  • Johns Hopkins University, Department of Biology, US
  • Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, DE
  • Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, SE
  • Karolinska Institutet, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, SE
  • Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, University of Oxford, UK
  • King's College London, UK
  • KU Leuven, BE
  • Lausanne University Hospital, CH
  • Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP), DE
  • Liege University, GIGA Institute, BE
  • Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität München (LMU), DE
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US
  • Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, DE
  • Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, DE
  • Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, DE
  • Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology and Epigenetics, DE
  • Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, DE
  • Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, DE
  • Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, DE
  • Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine, DE
  • MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
  • National Cardiovascular Research Center, ES
  • New York University, US
  • Princeton University, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, US
  • Princeton University, Department of Molecular Biology, US
  • Radboud University Medical Center, NL
  • Radboud University, Donders Centre for Neuroscience, NL
  • Ruder Boskovic Institute, HR
  • Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Stockholm University, SE
  • Technische Universität Dresden, DE
  • Technische Universität München, Animal Physiology and Immunology, DE
  • Technische Universität München, Department of Chemistry, DE
  • Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Medicine, IL
  • The Francis Crick Institute, UK
  • The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, UK
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Biological Chemistry, IL
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Life Science Institute, IL
  • The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI), NL
  • The Rockefeller University, US
  • University of Lausanne, CH
  • Ulm University Medical Center, DE
  • Ulm University, Institute of Biophysics, DE
  • Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), CH
  • University Hospital Würzburg, DE
  • University of Antwerp, BE
  • University of Bonn, DE
  • University of Cambridge, Department of Biochemistry, UK
  • University of Chicago, US
  • University of Copenhagen, DK
  • University of Edinburgh, UK
  • University of Exeter, UK
  • University of Geneva, CH
  • University of Göttingen, DE
  • University of Helsinki, Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE), FI
  • University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine, FI
  • University of Helsinki, Research Programs Unit, FI
  • University of Leeds, Astbury Centre, UK
  • University of Leeds, School of Biology, UK
  • University of Leeds, School of Molecular & Cell Biology, UK
  • University of Leeds, School of Physics and Astronomy, UK
  • University of Oulu, FI
  • University of Oxford, Department of Biochemistry, UK
  • University of Oxford, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, UK
  • University of Porto, PT
  • University of Seville, ES
  • University of Sheffield, UK
  • University of St Andrews, UK
  • University of Trieste, IT
  • University of Zurich, Institute for Regenerative Medicine, CH
  • University of Zurich, Neuroscience Center Zurich, CH
  • University Pompeu Fabra, IT
  • VIB-KU Leuven, BE
  • Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), AU
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Department of Immunology, IL
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Department of Molecular Cell Biology, IL
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Department of Neurobiology, IL
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, IL
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Department of Structural Biology, IL
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Molecular Genetics, IL
  • Wellcome - MRC Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology, UK
  • Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK

Emily Bayer, Columbia University
Research field: Sex-specific neuronal dimorphism.
Supervisor: Oliver Hobert

Mohamed El-Brolosy, Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research
Research field: Genetic compensation through transcriptional regulation.
Supervisor: Didier Stainier

Justin Silpe, Princeton University
Research field: Molecular communication in viruses, bacteria and eukaryotes.
Supervisor: Bonnie Bassler

You can find the press release with the award announcement here.

The selection committee highlighted eight scientists as “honourable mentions” that deserve special acknowledgement:

Victoria Deneke, Duke University, United States;
Joseph Kalappurakkal, National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS), India;
Gioele La Manno, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden;
Henry Lee-Six, Wellcome Sanger Institute and University of Cambridge, United Kingdom;
Lukas Milles, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Germany;
Marcos Francisco Perez, Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Spain;
Barbara Szczerba, University of Basel, Switzerland;
Katharina Weinhäupl, Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS), France.

  • Babraham Institute, UK
  • Biological Research Centre, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, HU
  • Biozentrum, University of Basel, CH
  • Boston Children's Hospital, US
  • Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, UK
  • Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG), ES
  • Centro de Biologia Molecular Severo Ochoa (CSIC-UAM), ES
  • Columbia University, US
  • Duke University Medical Center, US
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen (DZNE), DE
  • Erasmus MC, NL
  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), DE/Intl.
  • Francis Crick Institute, UK
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, US
  • Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI), CH
  • Gene Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, DE
  • German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), DE
  • Gurdon Institute, UK
  • Helmholtz Center Munich and Ludwig-Maximilians University, DE
  • Humanitas University, IT
  • Imperial College London, UK
  • Institut Curie, FR
  • Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS), FR
  • Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), ES
  • Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (IMM), PT
  • Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, PT
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, US
  • Karolinska Institute, SE
  • Lausanne University Hospital, CH
  • Laval University, CA
  • LBCMCP UMR 5088, FR
  • Leuven University (KU Leuven), BE
  • Lund University, SE
  • Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, DE
  • Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, DE
  • Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, DE
  • Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, DE
  • Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research, DE
  • Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, DE
  • Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, DE
  • Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, DE
  • Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, DE
  • MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
  • National Center of Biotechnology (CNB, CSIC), ES
  • Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI), NL
  • Newcastle University, UK
  • Pompeu Fabra University, ES
  • Princeton University, US
  • Radboud University Medical Center, Royal Society of Edinburgh, UK
  • Research Center of Biotechnology RAS, RU
  • Sorbonne University, FR
  • Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO), ES
  • SRM Institute of Science and Technology, IN
  • Stockholm University, SE
  • Tampere University, FI
  • Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, IN
  • Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, IL
  • Tel Aviv University, IL
  • Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM), IT
  • The Rockefeller University, US
  • TU Delft, NL
  • University College London, UK
  • University of Antwerp, BE
  • University of Basel, CH
  • University of Bath, UK
  • University of Bern, CH
  • University of Bonn, DE
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • University of Dundee, UK
  • University of Edinburgh, UK
  • University of Geneva, CH
  • University of Helsinki, FI
  • University of Manchester, UK
  • University of Manitoba, CA
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School, US
  • University of Oxford, UK
  • University of Sheffield, UK
  • University of Utrecht, NL
  • University of Washington, US
  • University of Western Ontario, CA
  • University of Würzburg, DE
  • University of Zurich, CH
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center, US
  • VU University Medical Center, NL
  • Wageningen University & Research, NL
  • Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and University of Melbourne, AU
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, IL
  • Wellcome - MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, UK
  • Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
  • Yale University, US