Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences

2021 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences 

Nominations are open for the 2021 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences

Deadline: Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 5pm ET

Nomination Criteria | Frequently Asked Questions


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.

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

2020 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences Winner

Aviv Regev, Ph.D.

The winner of the eighth annual Lurie Prize is Aviv Regev, Ph.D.

Dr. Regev is awarded the Lurie Prize for laying the groundwork for the field of single-cell genomics and spearheading leading-edge technologies that enable a sharper perspective on human cells and applying them to revolutionize understanding of biology and disease.

Visit the digital presentation of Lurie Prize at the to learn more about Dr. Regev and enjoy a celebration of scientific achievement..



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:

Former Prize Recipients

Read more about the former Lurie Prize recipients here.

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

About Ann Lurie

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