$30,000 AAAS Prize for Graduate Research in Biology

The annual $30,000 AAAS Prize for Graduate Research in Biology is about to be awarded again but applications are still open.

The prize will be awarded to recent PhD. candidates who got their doctorate in “Cell and Molecular Biology, Genomics and Proteomics, Ecology and Environment, Translational Medicine. Eligible entrants must have been awarded their doctoral degree in 2013 or 2014, and the subject of their thesis should match one of the Subject Tracks below. The winners from each category will compete for the grand prize.”

In addition to the $30,000 top prize their will be a $10,000 award for each category winner.

The full application rules and guide are at www.sciencemag.org.

Entries must be electronic and sent in PDF format to

[email protected]

The deadline for applications is August 1st.

Last Year’s Winner

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Dr. Liron Bar Peled

Last year’s winner was Liron Bar – Peled. His winning entry was his novel research into how mammalian cell size is influenced by its environment.

Bar-Peled’s essay describes multicellular organisms relying on environmental cues to dictate the size of their cells. “When nutrients are plentiful, cells engage key programs to increase their size and mass,” he writes.

This research is important because is is related to mutation of several human diseases, including a primary immune disorder, glioblastoma, and ovarian cancers.

Bar-Peled and his team are working to gain a better molecular understanding of these diseases and develop new ways to diagnose and treat them.

Science is the publication of the AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science is the largest scientific society, founded by Thomas Edison.