Chinese-born Xiaowei Zhuang receives the Vilcek Prize for developing super-resolution microscopy and genome-scale imaging to visualize molecules in cells.
Creative Promise Prizewinner Kıvanç Birsoy, born in Turkey, develops cutting-edge tools to unravel the metabolism of cancer cells and targets for treatment.
Creative Promise Prizewinner Viviana Gradinaru, born in Romania, develops tools in optogenetics and gene delivery, with potential therapeutic applications in human diseases.
French-born Martin Jonikas, Creative Promise Prizewinner, studies photosynthetic organisms and works to improve food-crop yield and combat climate change.
Angelika Amon is awarded the 2019 Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science for groundbreaking research on the molecular signals that regulate cell growth and division, and how errors in these processes contribute to birth defects and cancer.
Amit Choudhary is awarded the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for the identification of a fundamental force integral to the structures of biomolecules like proteins and DNA, and for improvements upon the genome-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9.
Jeanne T. Paz is awarded the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for uncovering the neural basis of epileptic seizures, and for demonstrating possible methods of predicting and arresting seizures.
Mikhail G. Shapiro is awarded the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for developing tools based on sound waves and magnetic fields, allowing for an unprecedented range of high-resolution, noninvasive imaging and control of cells in living organisms.
Alexander Rudensky receives the Vilcek Prize for fundamental molecular insights on the workings of a type of immune cell with a breathtaking array of functions—in autoimmune disease, inflammatory disorders, and cancer.