Excellence in Science Awards
FASEB’s Excellence in Science Awards recognize women whose research has contributed significantly to a particular discipline in biological science.
2021–2022 Award Recipients
M. Celeste Simon, PhD, is recognized for her contributions to the study of cancer cell metabolism, primary tumor metastasis, and the link between chronic inflammation and cancer predisposition. The award also recognizes her devotion to mentoring the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and clinical fellows who have conducted research in her laboratory over 25 years.
“While Dr. Simon has led an independent research program since 1992, her recent productivity indicates that her significant influence on the areas of hypoxia, cancer metabolism, and malignant progression will continue at the same high caliber for many years to come,” said J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System, who nominated her for the award. “I predict she will continue to deliver breakthrough discoveries, as well as enthusiastically contribute to the overall education mission at the Perelman School of Medicine, by remaining a devoted and highly energetic mentor to women at all levels of their scientific careers,” he added.
Simon holds dual roles as Scientific Director at the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute and the Arthur H. Rubenstein Professor at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She was awarded the National Cancer Institute’s Outstanding Investigator Award in 2017. Simon is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine.
The award recognizes Greco’s stellar track record in research and her use of genetic, live imaging, and genomic approaches to capture the emergence of cancer by live imaging to transform current therapeutic strategies to cure and prevent cancer.
In addition to her professorship at Yale University, she is a member of the Yale Stem Cell Center and Yale Cancer Center. In 2018, Greco was named the inaugural holder of the Carolyn Slayman Endowed Professorship at Yale. She is also vice president-elect of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, president-elect for the Society of Investigative Dermatology, and vice chair of diversity for the Yale Genetics Department.
Kadoch established her independent lab at the age of 27, becoming one of Harvard Medical School’s youngest ever faculty appointments. Her work combining biochemistry and cell biology to reveal the mechanisms of gene regulation driving human disease holds immense promise for designing new cancer therapeutics.
Award recipients will present an Excellence in Science Award Lecture at the annual meeting of a FASEB member society of their choice. Presentation of the award will take place in conjunction with the lecture. In addition to an unrestricted research grant, the award covers recipients’ travel to/from the society meeting, hotel expenses, complimentary meeting registration, and a plaque recognizing awardees' achievement. View past recipients
Nominations for the 2022–2023 award cycle will be accepted in Spring 2023.
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