Ruth Lehmann receives the Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science for unraveling the molecular basis by which germ cells, which give rise to sperm and egg cells, are formed.
Michaela Gack receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for uncovering molecular mechanisms by which the human immune system triggers antiviral defenses, and for identifying potential vaccine and drug targets for emerging infectious diseases.
Peter Walter receives the Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science for his fundamental insights into the process of protein translocation within cells, and for uncovering signaling mechanisms that cells deploy while facing stress.
Siki Im receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Fashion for menswear designs that draw inspiration from architecture, culture, politics, and psychology.
Michael Rape receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for uncovering mechanisms by which the protein ubiquitin controls a diverse array of biological processes, including cell division and differentiation, with potential therapeutic implications for cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, among others.
Mike Nichols (1931-2014) receives the Vilcek Prize in Filmmaking for his groundbreaking work in improvisational comedy, theater, and film.
Rudolf Jaenisch receives the Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science for pathbreaking work in genetic engineering that led to the creation of transgenic mouse models and laid the ground for therapeutic cloning and multiple advances in stem cell research.