Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences

2022 Lurie Prize Nominations Are Open


  • Nominations are broadly solicited and can be made by any member of an accredited educational and/or scientific institution. There is no limitation on the number of nominations that may be made by a single nominator or institution. No institutional approval is required.
  • No self-nominations will be accepted.
  • Nominations are to be for an outstanding young biomedical investigator, who must be 52 years of age or younger as of January 1, 2022. A candidate nominated in a previous year may be nominated again if he or she still meets the age requirement.
  • Nomination materials must be in English.
  • Nominations will not be accepted for candidates whose current location or permanent residence is in countries sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control. See the current list of sanctions here
  • If the candidate is a U.S. federal government employee or anyone else whose receipt of personal cash awards MAY be restricted, the nominator should confirm with the candidate that he or she is eligible to receive this award. We welcome the nomination of NIH scientists (who may direct any questions to the NIH Ethics Office).
  • The winner must accept the award in person, with travel expenses covered by the FNIH

Nominations must include the following information:

  1. The candidate’s name, title, institution, birthdate, earned degrees, and contact information (mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address).
  2. The nominator’s name, title, institution, terminal degree(s), and contact information (mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address).
  3. A 50-word citation of the basis for the nomination.
  4. A 250-word description of the candidate’s contributions
  5. The candidate's curriculum vitae (CV) including no more than 10 citations of publications on which the nomination is based. Nominations submitted with CVs listing more than 10 publications will be rejected. Those nominations may be resubmitted in accordance with the guidelines if the submission deadline has not passed.

Each year, the FNIH recognizes outstanding achievements by a promising young scientist in biomedical research by bestowing the Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, a $100,000 award. The prize is made possible by a generous gift from philanthropist Ann Lurie.

2021 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences Winner

Xiaowei Zhuang, Ph.DThe winner of the ninth annual Lurie Prize is Xiaowei Zhuang, Ph.D.

Dr. Zhuang is awarded the Lurie Prize for her revolutionary work developing super-resolution microscopy and genome-scale imaging showing new spatial and functional organizations of molecules and cells. Her research lab at Harvard University pioneered both STORM and MERFISH methods of microscopy.

Former Prize Recipients

Read more about the former Lurie Prize recipients here.

  • 2020: Aviv Regev, Ph.D.
    • Executive Vice President of Genentech Research and Early Development; Co-Founder, Human Cell Atlas; Founding Director, Klarman Cell Observatory at the Broad Institute.
  • 2019: Yasmine Belkaid, Ph.D.
    • Director of the Microbiome Program Chief of the Metaorganism Immunity Section in the Laboratory of Immune System Biology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID); Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 2018: Zhijian “James” Chen, Ph.D.,
    • Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, George L. MacGregor Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Science
  • 2017: David M. Sabatini, M.D., Ph.D.
    • Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2016: Jeannie T. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
    • Molecular Biologist at Massachusetts General Hospital; Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
  • 2015: Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
    • D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
  • 2014: Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D.
    • Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2013: Ruslan M. Medzhitov, Ph.D.
    • David W. Wallace Professor of Immunobiology, Yale University School of Medicine

New York Academy of Sciences Expert Talk

Starting in 2018, the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) has partnered with the FNIH to create an Expert Talk by the Lurie Prize winners for high school students in the NYAS Junior Academy. In this talk, the Lurie Prize winners tell stories and experiences about becoming a scientist, who their mentors were, why purusing a career in STEM is vital to today's world as well as talk about their research.

These videos can be viewed by clicking the links below:


About Ann Lurie

A full biography and description of Ann Lurie’s philanthropic philosophy and accomplishments can be found at