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C. David Allis, the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. The award recognizes Dr. Allis “for the discovery of covalent modifications of histone proteins and their critical roles in the regulation of gene expression and chromatin organization, advancing the understanding of diseases ranging from birth defects to cancer.” The Breakthrough Prize, worth $3 million, was launched in 2013 by a group of Internet and technology entrepreneurs to recognize transformative advances toward understanding living systems and extending human life. Dr. Allis is one of six scientists to receive the life sciences prize this year; the awards were presented at a celebrity-studded gala awards ceremony November 9 at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Dr. Allis is Joy and Jack Fishman Professor and head of the Laboratory of Chromatin Biology and Epigenetics.

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Elaine Fuchs, the 2012 Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Science from the New York Academy of Medicine, for her innovative and imaginative approaches to research in skin biology, its stem cells and its associated human genetic disorders. The medal is given to eminent scientists in biomedicine, particularly those with a special interest in translating research findings to advance human health. Dr. Fuchs is the Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor and head of the Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development.

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C. David Allis, a grant from the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation, for research on tumor suppressor activities of ATRX and Daxx mutations through epigenomic profiling and animal models. Dr. Allis, the Joy and Jack Fishman Professor and head of the Laboratory of Chromatin Biology and Epigenetics, will collaborate with scientists at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on the $450,000, two-year project.

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Jesse H. Ausubel, the 2012 National Ocean Champion Award, presented by the Urban Coast Institute of Monmouth University in New Jersey, for his contributions to marine science and management. Mr. Ausubel joins a distinguished group of awardees, including Jean-Michel Cousteau, who won in 2011. He is the director and senior research associate of the Program for the Human Environment.

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Elaine Fuchs, the 2012 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology. The prize, which Dr. Fuchs shares with Howard Green of Harvard Medical School, was established in 1996 as a tribute to the pioneering virologist Jonas Salk, and recognizes leaders in the field of developmental biology who offer hope for the prevention and treatments of some of the most serious birth defects and other human diseases. It consists of a $250,000 award and a silver medal in the design of the Roosevelt dime. Dr. Fuchs is Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor and head of the Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development.

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Leslie B. Vosshall, the 2011 Gill Young Investigator Award from the Linda and Jack Gill Center for Biomolecular Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. The award recognizes exceptional scientists who have emerged as international leaders in cellular, membrane or molecular neuroscience. Dr. Vosshall is Robin Chemers Neustein Professor and head of the Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior, as well as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

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Cori Bargmann, the 11th Perl-University of North Carolina Neuroscience Prize. The award, which Dr. Bargmann shares with Catherine Dulac of Harvard, is worth $10,000 and is awarded this year for the discovery of chemosensory circuits that regulate social behaviors. Dr. Bargmann, Torsten N. Wiesel Professor, head of the Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, will deliver her prize lecture at the UNC Neuroscience Symposium on October 13.

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Titia de Lange, the 2011 Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science. The $100,000 prize recognizes her body of research on mechanisms that help maintain genome stability, in particular on telomeres, the elements that protect chromosome ends from unnecessary repair and mediate their replication. This work has led to a greater understanding of how telomeres protect chromosome ends, and what happens when telomere function is lost during the early stages of tumorigenesis. Dr. de Lange is Leon Hess Professor and head of the Laboratory of Cell Biology and Genetics. She will receive the prize at the Vilcek Foundation’s annual awards presentation dinner in New York City in April.

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C. David Allis, the 2011 Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Science from Brandeis University. He shares the prize with Michael Grunstein, a professor of biological chemistry in the Geffen School of Medicine and the Molecular Biology Institute at UCLA, for establishing “the key molecular connections between histones, histone modifications and chromatin structure and their effect on the regulation of gene transcription.” The award will be presented at Brandeis on April 14, 2011. Dr. Allis is the Joy and Jack Fishman Professor and head of the Laboratory of Chromatin Biology and Epigenetics.

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Jean-Laurent Casanova, a Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The $100,000 grant is one of 78 announced by the foundation in May to support scientists exploring bold and largely unproven ways to improve health in developing countries. Dr. Casanova is head of the St. Giles Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases.

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Nam-Hai Chua
, the Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology Research from the American Society of Plant Biologists. Dr. Chua, Andrew W. Mellon Professor and head of the Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology, is honored for his development of fundamental tools essential to conducting molecular research in plants. The Bogorad Award is awarded biennially to a plant scientist whose work “both illuminates the present and suggests paths to enlighten the future.”

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Paul Bieniasz, the 2010 Eli Lilly and Company Research Award from the American Society for Microbiology, the society’s oldest and most prestigious prize. Dr. Bieniasz, head of Rockefeller’s Laboratory of Retrovirology and an investigator at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is recognized for his work elucidating the mechanisms of virus-host interaction in HIV infection.

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Michael Crickmore, Grand Prize in the 2009 GE & Science Prize for Young Life Scientists, an essay competition. Dr. Crickmore, a postdoctoral fellow in Leslie B. Vosshall’s Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior, won for his essay titled “The Molecular Basis of Size Differences,” based on graduate work he completed at Columbia University. More

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Sreekanth H. Chalasani and Shai Shaham, finalists in the 2009 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists. Dr. Chalasani, a postdoc in Cori Bargmann’s Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior, will receive a grant of $5,000. Dr. Shaham, head of the Laboratory of Developmental Genetics, will receive $10,000. The competition winners, who will receive additional funds, will be announced at the New York Academy of Sciences’ annual Science and the City gala on November 16. More

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Nadya Dimitrova, a 2009 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. One of 13 awardees, Ms. Dimitrova was chosen for her work on repair mechanisms of double-strand breaks. The award offers an honorarium to advanced graduate students for the quality, originality and significance of their thesis research. Ms. Dimitrova, who is a graduate student in Titia de Lange’s Laboratory of Cell Biology and Genetics, will participate in a scientific symposium at the Hutchinson Center in Seattle on May 1.
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Laura A. Banaszynski, the Angelo Family Fellowship of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Dr. Banaszynski, postdoc in C. David Allis’s Laboratory of Chromatin Biology and Epigenetics, is investigating how histone modifications regulate gene expression and maintain genome stability, work that could have significant implications for cancer diagnosis and therapeutics. Dr. Banaszynski is one of 16 postodoctoral fellows named by the foundation this year. More

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C. David Allis, the 2008 ASBMB-Merck Award, from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The award, which includes $5,000, recognizes outstanding contributions to research in biochemistry and molecular biology. Dr. Allis, head of the Laboratory of Chromatin Biology and Epigenetics, will receive the award and present a lecture at the ASBMB annual meeting in San Diego, California, in April. More

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Lu Bai, postdoc in Frederick Cross’s Laboratory of Yeast Molecular Genetics, and Erik Debler, postdoc in Günter Blobel’s Laboratory of Cell Biology, 2007 Damon Runyon Fellowships from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. The three-year award recognizes outstanding postdocs conducting innovative basic and translational cancer research. Dr. Bai is investigating key features in promoter architecture and chromatin structure that govern the transcription of cell cycle regulated genes. Dr. Debler is researching core structures of the nuclear pore complex (NPC). Chromosomal translocations of NPC proteins are linked to various types of cancer, including myeloid and lymphoid leukemias. More

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Dirk Albrecht, Maria Neimark Geffen and Jan Skotheim, 2008 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards at the Scientific Interface. The grants, which come with $500,000 each over five years, are designed to foster the early career advancement of researchers with backgrounds in the physical and/or computational sciences whose work addresses biological questions. Dr. Albrecht is a postdoc in the Bargmann lab; Dr. Geffen is a fellow at the Center for Studies in Physics and Biology; and Dr. Skotheim is a postdoc in the Siggia lab. More

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Sean Brady, a 2007 Beckman Young Investigator Award, for his work in the discovery and study of naturally occurring small molecules and their therapeutic potential. The award, which comes with a grant of approximately $300,000, was established in 1991 by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to acknowledge the contributions of tenure-track scientists in the early stage of their research careers.
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