PEARL MEISTER GREENGARD PRIZE
An International Award Recognizing Outstanding Women in Biomedical Research
5:45 – 6:30 PM Reception
6:30 – 7:30 PM Ceremony
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue at East 66th Street
New York, NY 10065
2023 PRIZE RECIPIENTS
Jack and DeLoris Lange Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
University of California, San Francisco
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor
Lily Jan is widely known for her discovery that peptides, short chains of amino acids, can act as neurotransmitters that help to transfer messages from one neuron to another. Her research—which has been pursued in close collaboration with her husband, Dr. Yuh Nung Jan—has also provided landmark advances in understanding the function and regulation of potassium channels, which, among other cellular roles, modulate neuronal signaling in the brain. Dr. Jan completed her Ph.D. and initial postdoctoral training at Caltech. She joined the faculty at UC San Francisco in 1979 and has been an HHMI investigator since 1984. Dr. Jan is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the Academia Sinica (Taiwan).
Eve Marder is most recognized for her work understanding the modulation of neural networks. Studying the lobster stomatogastric nervous system—consisting of just 30 neurons that control the muscles in the lobster digestive tract—Dr. Marder has made groundbreaking discoveries about the dynamics of neuronal circuits, which balance the needs for both homeostasis and plasticity. Dr. Marder completed her Ph.D. and postdoctoral training at UC San Diego, joining the faculty of Brandeis in 1978. Dr. Marder served as president of the Society for Neuroscience and on the working group for President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine.
Ellen V. Futter
American Museum of Natural History
The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, awarded annually by Rockefeller University, was established by the late Dr. Paul Greengard, who served as the university’s Vincent Astor Professor, and his wife, the sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard. Dr. Greengard donated his monetary share of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine to Rockefeller and, in partnership with generous supporters of the university, created this major international prize. The prize is named in memory of Dr. Greengard’s mother, who died giving birth to him. An exhibit honoring the recipients and presenters of the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize was installed at Rockefeller University in 2021.