Regeneron Announces 2016 Winners of the Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation
"These talented postdoctoral and graduate student winners have shown significant dedication and promise early in their scientific careers, and we are confident they have what it takes to be future leaders in biomedicine," said
Two winners of the Regeneron Prize will each receive a
John Maciejowski, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University, Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation by a Postdoctoral Fellow: Dr. Maciejowskirecently published research in Cell showing a novel mechanism of malignant cellular transformation. Dr. Maciejowskifound that dicentric chromosomes (abnormal chromosomes with two centromeres) formed during mitosis create chromatin bridges between daughter cells that cause nuclear envelope rupture, DNA degradation and hypermutation. His winning proposal focuses on how these events may contribute to cancer-related mutations. Chi Zhang, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation by a Graduate Student: Mr. Zhangdevelops innovative chemical biology tools for tailoring of peptides and proteins, which may one day be applied to the creation of targeted therapies.
One additional Graduate Student will be awarded an Honorable Mention and a cash prize of
Gustav Cederquist, a student of the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. program: Mr. Cederquistis using stem cells as a tool to understand mechanisms of neuronal development and how these processes may go awry in brain disease. He is also developing novel methods for multiplex screening of specific cell populations in the nervous system.
Seven additional finalists will each be awarded
"We congratulate this year's Regeneron Prize recipients, who are already making cutting-edge contributions to science," said
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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education is at the heart of Regeneron's corporate citizenship efforts. We seek to attract more students to science careers, while also supporting and nurturing talented young people who have shown early promise. We believe that science plays a key role in advancing society and are committed to ensuring a continual pool of talent. Our STEM programs include the Regeneron Science Talent Search, a program of
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