Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences

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.

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.


About Ann Lurie

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

The awardee is selected by a jury of six distinguished biomedical researchers including:

  • Solomon H. Snyder, M.D.,
    • (Jury Chair) Distinguished Service Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology & Psychiatry, The Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Lewis C. Cantley, Ph.D.,
    • Meyer Director, Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Ronald M. Evans, Ph.D.,
    • Professor and Director, Gene Expression Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • Richard Goodman, M.D., Ph.D.,
    • Senior Scientist, Vollum Institute, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Carl Nathan, M.D.,
    • R.A. Rees Pritchett Professor, Chairman, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Susan S. Taylor, Ph.D.,
    • Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of California San Diego

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, Huan 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.
    • Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research; 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: