Winners of 2017 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

Winners of 2017 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognized for their pioneering work in bioengineering, chemistry and nanoscience.

Winners of 2017 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

Winners of 2017 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognized for their pioneering work in bioengineering, chemistry and nanoscience.

Three rising stars in the fields of life sciences, chemistry and engineering who are breaking new ground in revolutionary technologies to eradicate diseases, solve energy storage problems and protect the environment, are this year’s recipients of the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists.

They are:

  • Feng Zhang, PhD, Core Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Associate Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, MIT; Robertson Investigator, New York Stem Cell Foundation; James and Patricia Poitras ’63 Professor in Neuroscience, McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.
  • Melanie S. Sanford, PhD, Moses Gomberg Distinguished University Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry, University of Michigan.
  • Yi Cui, PhD, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Photon Science and Chemistry, Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Each Laureate was selected from a pool of more than 300 nominees by a panel of judges who are leading experts in the winners’ fields of research. The winners will each receive a cash award of $250,000, the largest unrestricted award of its kind for early career scientists and engineers.

The National Laureates and Finalists will be honored at an annual awards ceremony on September 25, 2017, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Nominations for the 2018 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists will begin September 27th, 2017. To learn more about this year’s Blavatnik Laureates and other honorees, please visit the Blavatnik website here and follow us on Twitter: @BlavatnikAwards.