Past Winners

Brandeis University 21st Annual Jacob and Louise Gabbay Award Lectures in Biotechnology and Medicine Building and Repairing the Human Brain: From Pluripotency to Cell Therapy. Lorenz Studer MD, Director, Center for Stem Cell Biology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Member, Developmental Biology Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 4 p.m., Shapiro Campus Center Theater.
21st (2018)

In recognition of his innovative and transformative contributions to the fields of stem cell biology and patient-specific, cell-based therapy

Lorenz Studer
Director, Center for Stem Cell Biology

Member, Developmental Biology Program

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

New York, NY USA

Video: 21st Award Lecture

Brandeis University 20th Annual Jacob and Louise Gabbay Award Lectures in Biotechnology and Medicine. Synthetic Biology Life Redesigned. James J. Collins, Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science, Department of Biological Engineering, MIT, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University. Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 4 p.m., Gerstenzang Room 121.
20th (2017)

For his inventive work in synthetic biology that created a new area of research, enabling multiple biomedical applications and launching a new sector of the biotechnology industry

James J. Collins
Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science

Professor of Biological Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Core Founding Faculty, Wyss Institute

Harvard University

Institute Member, Broad Institute

Cambridge, MA USA

Video: 20th Award Lecture

Brandeis University 19th Annual Jacob and Louise Gabbay Award Lectures in Biotechnology and Medicine. The Chemistry and Biology of Adapting Proteostasis for Disease Intervention. Jeffery W. Kelly, Lita Annenberg Hazen Professor of Chemistry, Chairman, Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute. Thursday, September 29, 2016, 4 p.m., Shapiro Campus Center Theater.
19th (2016)

In recognition of his profound and paradigm-shifting contributions to our understanding of protein folding mechanisms and protein misfolding diseases

Jeffery W. Kelly
Lita Annenberg Hazen Professor of Chemistry

Chairman, Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine

The Scripps Research Institute

La Jolla, CA USA

Video: 19th Award Lecture

Brandeis University 18th Annual Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award Lectures in Biotechnology and Medicine. Precision Measureent of Biology. Stephen Quake, Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics, Stanford University, School of Medicine. Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 4:00 p.m., Gerstenzang Room 123.
18th (2015)

In recognition of his contributions to both the basic science of microfluidics and its applications to biomedical research

Stephen Quake
Lee Otterson Professor of Engineering

Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics

Member, Bio-X

Member, Stanford Cancer Institute

Faculty Fellow, Stanford ChEM-H

Member, Stanford Neurosciences Institute

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford, CA USA

Video: 18th Award Lecture

Brandeis University 17th Annual Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award Lectures in Biotechnology and Medicine. Genome Editing with Crispr-Cas9. Feng Zhang, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology. Jennifer Doudna, University Of California, Berkeley. Emmanuelle Charpentier, Umeå University. Monday, October 27, 2014, 3:30 p.m. Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library.
17th (2014)

In recognition of their work on the CRISPR/cas system

Feng Zhang
Core Member, Broad Institute

W.M. Keck Career Development Professor in Biomedical Engineering

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Investigator, McGovern Institute for Brain Research

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA USA

Jennifer Doudna
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology

The University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA USA

Emmanuelle Charpentier
Professor, Department of Molecular Biology

Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden

Umeå University

Umeå, Sweden

Head, Department of Regulation in Infection Biology

Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

Braunschweig, Germany

Brandeis University 16th Annual Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award Lectures in Biotechnology and Medicine. Imaging The Brain. Karl Deisseroth, D. H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University. Gero Miesenböck, Waynflete Professor of Physiology, University of Oxford. Edward Boyden, Associate Professor of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT Media Lab and McGovern Institute. Thursday, October 10, 2013, 3:30 p.m., Shapiro Campus Center Theater.
16th (2013)

In recognition of their contributions to the discovery and applications of optogentics

Karl Deisseroth
D. H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
HHMI Early Career Scientist
Stanford University

Stanford, CA USA

Gero Miesenböck
Waynflete Professor of Physiology
Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics
University of Oxford
Oxford, England

Edward Boyden
Leader, Synthetic Neurobiology Group
Associate Professor, Media Lab and McGovern Institute, Depts. of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA USA

Video: 16th Award Lecture

15th (2012)

For identifying the cellular effects of bisphenol in plastics

Patricia Hunt
Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences
Washington State University
Pullman, WA USA

Ana M. Soto
Professor of Anatomy & Cellular Biology
Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Tufts University School of Medicine
Boston, MA USA

Carlos Sonnenschein
Professor of Anatomy & Cellular Biology
Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Tufts University School of Medicine
Boston, MA USA

Brandeis University 14th Annual Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award Lectures in Biotechnology and Medicine. Mobilizing the Immune System to Treat Cancer: Immune Checkpoint Blockade. James P. Allison, Director, Ludwig Center for Cancer Immunotherapy, Chairman, Immunology Program, David H. Koch Chair in Immunologic Studies, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Attending Immunologist, Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Monday, November 14, 2011, 3:30 p.m., Gerstenzang Room 121.
14th (2011)

For the development of strategies for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and for immunotherapy of cancer

James P. Allison
(2018 Nobel Prize)

Director, Ludwig Center for Cancer Immunotherapy
Chairman, Immunology Program
David H. Koch Chair in Immunologic Studies
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Attending Immunologist, Department of Medicine
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY USA

Brandeis University 13th Annual Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award Lectures in Biotechnology and Medicine. Aromatase Inhibitors and Breast Cancer: Concept to Clinic. Angela Hartley Brodie, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Maryland, Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 4 p.m., Gerstenzang, Room 121.
13th (2010)

For her discovery and development of aromatase inhibitors as a treatment for breast cancer

Angela Hartley Brodie
Professor of Pharmacology
Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA

Brandeis University 12th Annual Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award Lectures in Biotechnology and Medicine. Breakthrough Technologies in In-Vitro. Alan H. Handyside, Person Responsible and Consultant in Preimplantation Genetics, London Bridge Fertility, Gynaecology and Genetics Centre, London, Visiting Professor of Developmental Biology, University of Leeds, UK. Ann A. Kiessling, Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Director, Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation. Gianpiero D. Palermo, Professor of Reproductive Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Director, Assisted Fertilization and Andrology Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility. Monday, November 16, 2009, 3:45 p.m., Gerstenzang, Room 123.
12th (2009)

For their significant contributions in the field of assisted human reproduction

Alan H. Handyside
Visiting Professor
Institute of Integrative and Comparative Biology
University of Leeds
Consultant in Pre-implantation Genetics
The London Bridge Fertility, Gynaecology and Genetics Centre
Co-director
Bridge Genoma
London, England

Ann A. Kiessling
Associate Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Director
Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation
Boston, MA USA

Gianpiero D. Palermo
Associate Professor of Reproductive Medicine
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Director, Assisted Fertilization and Andrology
The Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility
New York, NY USA

Brandeis University 11th Annual Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award Lectures in Biotechnology and Medicine. Functions of the Proteasome: From Protein Degradation and Immune Surveillance to Cancer Therapy. Alfred Goldberg, Professor of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School. Monday, November 10, 2008, 4:00 p.m., Gerstenzang, Room 121.
11th (2008)

For his discovery of regulated protein turnover in bacteria and mitochondria and development of proteasome inhibitors as a treatment for cancer

Alfred Goldberg
Professor of Cell Biology
Department of Cell Biology
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA USA

10th (2007)

For pioneering the technology of gene targeting in mouse embryo-derived stem (ES) cells

Mario R. Capecchi
(2007 Nobel Prize)
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics
The University of Utah School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, UT USA

9th (2006)

For their role in the development of contrast agents used in cardio-diagnostic procedures

Alan Davison
Professor emeritus of Chemistry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA USA

Alun Gareth Jones
Professor of Radiology
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA USA

Brandeis University 8th Annual Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award Lectures in Biotechnology and Medicine. Molecular Beacons: Probes that Fluoresce upon Hybridization. Fred R. Kramer, Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School, Member, Public Health Research Institute, Newark, New Jersey. Sanjay Tyagi, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, New Jersey Medical School Member, Public Health Research Institute, Newark, New Jersey. Thursday, November 10, 2005, 3:15 p.m., Gerstenzang, Room 123.
8th (2005)

For their role in the development and use of molecular beacons as a diagnostic tool in vitro, and in the detection of RNA in living cells

Fred R. Kramer
Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
New Jersey Medical School
Member, Public Health Research Institute
Newark, NJ USA

Sanjay Tyagi
A
associate Professor
Department of Medicine
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Member, Public Health Research Institute
Newark, NJ USA

7th (2004)

For his many contributions to the biotechnology industry

George M. Whitesides
Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA USA

6th (2003)

For their development of yeast two-hybrid and yeast mating interaction traps

Roger Brent
President and Research Director
The Molecular Sciences Institute
Berkeley, CA USA

Stanley Fields
Professor of Genome Sciences and Medicine
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
University of Washington
Seattle, WA USA

5th (2002)

For their pioneering achievements in developing antibodies as pharmaceutical proteins for the treatment of human diseases

William H. Rastetter
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
IDEC Pharmaceuticals Corporation
San Diego, CA USA

Dennis J. Slamon
Executive Vice Chair for Research and
Professor of Medicine
UCLA School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA USA

Gregory P. Winter
(2018 Nobel Prize)

Head of Division of Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Cambridge, England

4th (2001)

For his pioneering achievements in miniaturization of fundamental biochemical experiments

J. Michael Ramsey
Group Leader, Chemical and Analytical Sciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN USA

3rd (2000)

For his leadership in genome sequencing

J. Craig Venter
President and Chief Scientific Officer
Celera Genomics
Rockville, MD USA

2nd (1999)

For their entrepreneurial roles in the creation of some of the most successful biotechnology firms

David V. Goeddel
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Tularik, Inc.
South San Francisco, CA USA

Thomas P. Maniatis
Thomas H. Lee Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA USA

William J. Rutter
Chairman emeritus
Chiron Corporation
Emeryville, CA USA

1st (1998)

For their development of microarray methods for the analysis of gene expression on a genome-wide scale

Patrick O. Brown
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Stanford University
Stanford, CA USA

Stephen P. A. Fodor
Research Scientist
Affymetrix, Inc.
Santa Clara, CA USA