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Faculty Awards

December
18 2013

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CSHL's Adam Kepecs receives McKnight Memory & Cognitive Disorders Award

Associate Professor Adam Kepecs, Ph.D., of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has received the 2014 Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award from The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience.  The award, which provides $100,000 per year for three years, supports innovative efforts to solve problems of neurological and psychiatric diseases, especially those related to memory and cognition. 

“We are delighted that the McKnight Foundation has recognized Dr. Kepecs’ innovative research with a Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award and we are confident that he will make important breakthroughs in understanding complex systems involved with neuron signaling,” said Anthony Zador, M.D., Ph.D., CSHL Professor and Neuroscience Program Chair.

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December
11 2013

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CSHL's Partha Mitra receives two awards for theoretical work with implications for brain circuitry

Professor Partha Mitra, the Crick-Clay Professor of Biomathematics at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), whose laboratory takes both neuroanatomical and theoretical approaches to understanding structural and functional properties of the mammalian brain, is receiving two honors for his recent work.

In Florence, Italy on December 12th, Dr. Mitra will receive the George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award of the Control Systems Society (CSS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  This award annually recognizes outstanding papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. The paper receiving this year’s award is co-authored by Dr. Mitra and his colleagues Drs. Bassam Bamieh, Mihalo Jovanovic and Stacy Patterson.

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November
08 2013

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CSHL congratulates Sontag Foundation Distinguished Scientist Award recipient Dr. Hongwu Zheng

Dr. Hongwu Zheng has received a four-year $600,000 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Sontag Foundation. Interested in finding an effective therapy for the most common and lethal brain tumor known as malignant glioma, Dr. Zheng is investigating how these cancers emerge from normal neuronal cells and transform into metastatic tumors.

"Dr. Zheng is an inspiring example of an early-career scientist pursuing innovative basic research that I am confident will have important clinical applications," said CSHL Research Director David L. Spector.

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October
07 2013

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CSHL cancer researcher Gregory Hannon wins NIH’s prestigious MERIT Award

Professor Gregory Hannon, Ph.D., of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, has won a MERIT Award from the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). This prestigious award, which stands for Method to Extend Research in Time, recognizes highly productive scientists by extending funding for an existing research project grant.

A leader in the field of small RNA biology, Hannon has sought to understand the biological roles of small RNAs and the underlying mechanisms by which they operate. He and colleagues have identified and characterized many of the protein complexes, including Dicer and RISC, that generate and process small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) and microRNAs (miRNAs).

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August
14 2013

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4 CSHL neuroscientists win NARSAD Young Investigator awards to study autism, schizophrenia

Four early-career neuroscientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have been awarded prestigious NARSAD Young Investigator grants.  The announcement was made by the Great Neck, N.Y.-based Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF).

The four are all postdoctoral researchers, and are among 200 awardees chosen from among 1199 applicants worldwide.  The two-year, $60,000 NARSAD grant award is highly coveted within neuroscience circles, in part as a mark of recognition for doing cutting-edge research as recognized by BBRF’s 138-member scientific council; and as a means of facilitating the transition for young scientists to ultimately work in laboratories they themselves direct.

Bruce Stillman, Ph.D., the President and CEO of CSHL, extended his warm congratulations to the four. “On behalf of the entire faculty, let me say that we are proud of you, individually, and pleased that through your projects, the goal of our basic research program in neuroscience of understanding the biology underlying devastating disorders including schizophrenia and autism has been given an important boost."
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July
09 2013

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Dr. Christine Iok In Chio is named a Damon Runyon Fellow in cancer research

Christine Iok In Chio, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), has been named a Damon Runyon Fellow. The announcement was made July 9 by the Fellowship Award Committee of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, which provides today's best young scientists with funding to pursue innovative research.

Dr. Chio works in the laboratory of Dr. David Tuveson, Deputy Director of Research at CSHL’s Cancer Center, Director of the Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Research Laboratory at CSHL and Director of Research for the Lustgarten Foundation.
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June
19 2013

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CSHL genome researcher Emily Hodges, Ph.D., named a Blavatnik Award finalist

CSHL genome researcher Emily Hodges, Ph.D., has been named one of five finalists in the annual Regional Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, it has been announced by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.
 
Dr. Hodges, who was cited for her postdoctoral work in genetics and genomics, will receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds from the foundation.  Hodges received her Ph.D. from the Karolinska Institute in 2006.  After completing her postdoctoral work on next-generation sequencing for targeted genomics under the mentorship of CSHL Professor and HHMI Investigator Gregory Hannon, Hodges was promoted to CSHL Research Investigator, a position she now holds.
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2012

December
27 2012

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Alea Mills named "Woman of the Year in Health/Medicine"

"For her dedication to finding breakthroughs in autism and cancer research," the Times of Huntington has named CSHL Professor Alea Mills as Woman of the Year in Health/Medicine. The Times made the announcement in "Putting the pieces of autism together at CSHL," an article on Mills' recent work by Karen Forman, appearing December 27, 2012. Dr. Bruce Stillman, President of CSHL, explained in the article that Mills and her team discovered several years ago that large sections of chromosome 1 were deleted in many cancers and she was able to delete or remove the equivalent sections of chromosome 1 in mice. Read More




December
13 2012

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CSHL scientist Chris Vakoc receives ‘A’ award from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has announced that CSHL Assistant Professor Christopher R. Vakoc, M.D., Ph.D., has been has been named as a recipient of one of its ‘A’ awards for pediatric cancer research. Vakoc, one of four scientists to receive the honor, will receive $375,000 for his research examining pediatric leukemia. Read More





November
29 2012

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AAAS council elects CSHL’s Leemor Joshua-Tor a 2012 AAAS Fellow

CSHL Professor and HHMI Investigator Leemor Joshua-Tor has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. AAAS members are awarded this honor because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The 2012 AAAS fellows were formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on 30 November 2012, as well as online at the AAAS website. As a member of the Section of Biological Sciences, Joshua-Tor was elected as an AAAS Fellow for contributions to the field of nucleic-acid enzymes, particularly in the fields of RNA interference and DNA replication. Read More



November
28 2012

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CSHL Professor Nicholas Tonks is named a Vallee Visiting Professor

CSHL Professor Nicholas Tonks, Ph.D., F.R.S., has been named a Vallee Visiting Professor, a distinction conferred upon scientists by the Bert L. and N. Kuggie Vallee Foundation who have “a demonstrated record of exceptional creativity, originality, and leadership, and sustained success at an elite level.”

Professor Tonks, a biochemist and molecular biologist, is well known for having laid the foundations for the identification and functional characterization of a superfamily of 107 regulatory enzymes called protein tyrosine phosphatases, or PTPs. Protein phosphatases recognize phosphorylated amino acid residues and function to remove them; their action is thus complementary to the class of protein kinases, which add phosphate groups to amino acid residues. Together they play crucial roles in myriad cell-signaling, or signal-transduction, pathways. Read More


October
15 2012

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CSHL’s Anne Churchland awarded 2012 Trubatch Career Development Award by Society for Neuroscience

The Society for Neuroscience has announced that CSHL Assistant Professor Anne K. Churchland, Ph.D., has been selected as one of the recipients of its Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award for 2012. The award recognizes “promise and achievement in the field of neuroscience for early-career professionals.” It comes with a $2,000 prize and will be presented on Tuesday, October 16 at the Society’s annual meeting, “Neuroscience 2012,” in New Orleans. Read More


September
24 2012

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CSHL scientist Chris Vakoc named "V Scholar" for 2012 by The V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research has announced that CSHL Assistant Professor Christopher R. Vakoc, M.D., Ph.D., has been selected as one of its “V Scholars” for 2012.  Vakoc, one of 17 of the “best and brightest cancer researchers” identified nationwide by the Foundation, will receive $200,000 over the next two years to further his research. Read More


July
24 2012

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CSHL's Adrian Krainer selected for prestigious award from National Institutes of Health

Professor Adrian Krainer of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has been selected by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to receive a MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) Award. This prestigious award recognizes highly productive scientists by extending funding for an existing research project grant. Read More

 

June
08 2012

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Florin Albeanu, CSHL neuroscientist, is named a Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences

Assistant Professor Florin Albeanu, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), has been named a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. Read More

 

June
01 2012

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Dr. Christopher Hammell named 2012 Rita Allen Foundation Scholar

Christopher Hammell, Ph.D., is one of seven 2012 Rita Allen Foundation scholars announced today. Read More

 

 

May
17 2012

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CSHL Assistant Professor Anne Churchland receives 2012 McKnight Scholar Award

Assistant Professor Anne Churchland, Ph.D., of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is one of six recipients of the 2012 McKnight Scholar Award. Read More

 

May
01 2012

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CSHL Professor Gregory Hannon elected to U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Gregory J. Hannon, Ph.D., a CSHL Professor and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), it was announced today. Election to the NAS is among the highest honors conferred upon scientists in America. Read More

 

January
20 2012

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CSHL genetics education pioneer David Micklos wins Genetics Society of American award

David A. Micklos, the founder and executive director of the DNA Learning Center (DNALC) at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), has been named the recipient of the 2012 Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education by the Genetics Society of America (GSA). Read More