The Wiley Foundation: Endowing the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences

Past Winners

2013

Dr. Michael Young

Rockefeller University

Dr. Jeffrey Hall

Brandeis University (Emeritus)

Dr. Michael Rosbash

Brandeis University

The twelfth annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences has been awarded to Dr. Michael Young (interview), Dr. Jeffrey Hall (interview), and Dr. Michael Rosbash (interview) for the discovery of the molecular mechanisms governing circadian rhythms.

Award ceremony lectures and presentations

Press release

2012

James Spudich

Stanford University
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Dr. Michael Sheetz

Columbia University
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Dr. Ronald Vale

Dr. Ronald Vale

University of California, San Francisco
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The Eleventh Annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences was awarded to Dr. James Spudich, Dr. Michael Sheetz, and Dr. Ronald Vale for explaining how cargo is moved by molecular motors along two different systems of tracks within cells," said Dr. GŁnter Blobel, Chairman of the awards jury for the Wiley Prize.

See Dr. Spudich's PowerPoint presentation from the award ceremony.

Press release

2011

Dr. Lily Jan and Dr. Yuh Nung Jan

University California, San Francisco
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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Dr. Lily Jan and Dr. Yuh Nung Jan are both Jack and DeLoris Lange Professors at the University of California, San Francisco. They were awarded the tenth annual Wiley Prize for their molecular identification of a founding member of a family of potassium ion channels that control nerve cell activity throughout the animal kingdom

Press release

2010
Dr. Peter Hegemann

Dr. Peter Hegemann

Humboldt University, Berlin.
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Dr. Georg Nagel

Dr. Georg Nagel

University of Wuerzburg
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Dr. Ernst Bamberg

Dr. Ernst Bamberg

Max-Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt, Germany
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Dr. Hegemann, Dr. Nagel, and Dr. Bamberg were selected for their discovery of channelrhodopsins, a family of light-activated ion channels.

Press release


2009
Bonnie Bassler

Dr. Bonnie Bassler

Princeton University
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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PowerPoint Presentation with Audio
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The eighth annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences is awarded to Dr. Bonnie Bassler of the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Dr. Bassler was selected for pioneering investigations of quorum sensing, a mechanism that allows bacteria to ?talk? to each other to coordinate their behavior, even between species.

Press release Slideshow


2008
Richard P. Lifton

Dr. Richard P. Lifton

Yale University School of Medicine
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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The seventh annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences was awarded to Dr. Richard P. Lifton of the Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Lifton, Chairman of the Department of Genetics and Sterling Professor of Genetics and Internal Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine, and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, was chosen for his discovery of the genes that cause many forms of high and low blood pressure in humans.

Press release


2007
Dr. F. Ulrich Hartl

Dr. F. Ulrich Hartl

Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry
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Dr. Arthur L. Horwich

Dr. Arthur L. Horwich

Yale University School of Medicine
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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The sixth annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences was awarded jointly to Dr. F. Ulrich Hartl, Director at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich, Germany, and to Dr. Arthur L. Horwich, Eugene Higgins Professor of Genetics and Pediatrics at the Yale University School of Medicine, and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Dr. Hartl and Dr. Horwich were chosen for their elucidation of the molecular machinery that guides proteins into their proper functional shape, thereby preventing the accumulation of protein aggregates that underlie many diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Press release


2006
Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn

Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn*

University of California, San Francisco
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Dr. Carol W. Greider*

The Johns Hopkins University

The fifth annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences was awarded jointly to Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Morris Herztein Professor of Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, and Dr. Carol Greider, Daniel Nathans Professor and Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics at The Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Greider were chosen for their discovery of telomerase, the enzyme that maintains chromosomal integrity and the recognition of its importance in aging, cancer, and stem cell biology.

Press release


2005
Dr. Peter Walter

Dr. Peter Walter

University of California, San Francisco
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Dr. Kazutoshi Mori

Dr. Kazutoshi Mori

Kyoto University, Japan
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The fourth annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences was awarded to Dr. Peter Walter, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, and to Dr. Kazutoshi Mori, Professor of Biophysics in the Graduate School of Science at Kyoto University, Japan.

Dr. Walter and Dr. Mori were chosen for their discovery of the novel pathway by which cells regulate the capacity of their intracellular compartments to produce correctly folded proteins for export.

Press release


2004
C. David Allis, Ph.D.

C. David Allis, Ph.D.

The Rockefeller University
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The recipient of the third annual Wiley Prize in the Biomedical Sciences was C. David Allis, Ph.D., the recently appointed Joy and Jack Fishman Professor, Laboratory of Chromatin Biology and Epigenetics at the Rockefeller University in New York.

Dr. Allis was chosen for his significant discovery that transcription factors can enzymatically modify histones to regulate gene activity.

In 2014 David Allis, a pioneer in the field of epigenetics whose discovery that chemical modifications of DNA-packaging proteins play a key role in regulating the activity of individual genes, will be awarded the 2014 Japan Prize in Life Sciences.

The Japan Prize,  is among the most prestigious international prizes in science.

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2003
Dr. Andrew Z. Fire

Dr. Andrew Z. Fire*

Carnegie Institution of Washington and the Johns Hopkins University
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Dr. Craig C. Mello

Dr. Craig C. Mello*

University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Dr. Thomas Tuschl

Dr. Thomas Tuschl

The Rockefeller University
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Dr. David Baulcombe

Dr. David Baulcombe

Sainsbury Laboratory at the John Innes Centre
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The winners of the second annual Wiley Prize in the Biomedical Sciences are an international group of investigators: Dr. Andrew Z. Fire, of both the Carnegie Institution of Washington and the Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Craig C. Mello, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School; Dr. Thomas Tuschl, formerly of the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, Germany, and most recently of The Rockefeller University; and Dr. David Baulcombe, of the Sainsbury Laboratory at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, England.

This year's awardees were recognized for their respective contributions to discoveries of novel mechanisms for regulating gene expression by small interfering RNAs (siRNA).

Press release


2002
Dr. H. Robert Horvitz

Dr. H. Robert Horvitz*

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Dr. Stanley J. Korsmeyer

Dr. Stanley J. Korsmeyer

Dana Farber Cancer Institute
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The winners of the first annual Wiley Prize in the Biomedical Sciences were Dr. H. Robert Horvitz of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dr. Stanley J. Korsmeyer of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Dr. Horvitz was selected for his seminal research on programmed cell death and the discovery that a genetic pathway accounts for the programmed cell death within an organism, and Dr. Korsmeyer was chosen for his discovery of the relationship between human lymphomas and the fundamental biological process of apoptosis. Notably, Dr. Korsmeyer's experiments established that blocking cell death plays a primary role in cancer.

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Among the many distinguished recipients of the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences, these five have gone on to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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