Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences

2020 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences

In 2020, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) will present the eighth annual Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, a $100,000 award recognizing outstanding achievement by a promising young scientist in biomedical research. The prize is made possible by a generous gift from philanthropist Ann Lurie.

The deadline to submit a nomination has passed. The winner of the 2020 Lurie Prize will be announced in the spring of 2020.

The awardee will be 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 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

The Award will be presented at the FNIH Award Ceremony on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

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