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Awards & Honors
Elaine Fuchs awarded 2020 Canada Gairdner International Award for Biomedical Science

Our scientists are remarkably productive and empowered to perform at their best. That’s why we have an unparalleled concentration of researchers and trainees recognized with top awards—including the world’s most prestigious bioscience prizes.

Recent Awards

2020 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
Jeffrey M. Friedman
Friedman's discovery of the hormone leptin has transformed our understanding of obesity.
Jue Chen
Chen, a structural biologist, is honored for her innovative research on a family of transporter proteins that act as the cell’s pumping machinery, playing important roles in many cellular processes with broad implications for health and disease.
Luciano Marraffini
Marraffini is recognized for his research on CRISPR-Cas9, whose adaptation as a gene-editing tool has revolutionized biomedical science. He has pioneered the exploration of diverse CRISPR-Cas systems and their role in bacterial immunity and evolution.
Rita Allen Foundation Scholar
Jeremy M. Rock
Laura Duvall
Blavatnik Regional Award
Laura Duvall
Carla Nasca portrait
Blavatnik Regional Award Finalist
Carla Nasca
Liling Wan portrait
Blavatnik Regional Award Finalist
Liling Wan
Samantha Larsen
Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation
Samantha Larsen
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Priya Rajasethupathy
Laura Duvall
Tri-Institutional Breakout Award
Laura Duvall
Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Robert B. Darnell
Foreign Member of the Royal Society
Elaine Fuchs
Pershing Square Sohn Prize
Shixin Liu
Tri-Institutional Breakout Award
Alexander Meeske
NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award
Brian T. Chait
NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award
Erich D. Jarvis
Rita Allen Foundation Scholar
Li Zhao
The Rockefeller University Distinguished Teaching Award
Kivanç Birsoy

Awards given by Rockefeller University

Pearl Meister Greengard Award


Xiaowei Zhuang pioneered the development of super-resolution and genome-scale imaging techniques that transcend the limits of traditional light microscopy.

Lewis Thomas Prize


The author of The Emperor of all Maladies, a best-selling book about cancer, was presented with Rockefeller’s science writing award at a public ceremony on campus.