Awards & Honors Fall 2017 Issue 42

Awards and Honors

Feng Zhang

Feng Zhang has been named a 2017 Laureate of the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. Established in 2007, the awards recognize the most promising scientifi c researchers aged 42 years and younger. Zhang is among three laureates who will each receive $250,000 the largest unrestricted award of its kind for early career scientists. Zhang was recognized “for his role in developing the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system and demonstrating pioneering uses in mammalian cells, and for his development of revolutionary technologies in neuroscience.”

Zhang has also been named a winner of the 2017 Albany Medical Prize, a $500,000 award that is given annually “to those who have altered the course of medical research.” Zhang will share the prize with four other CRISPR researchers: Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Max Planck Institute; Jennifer Doudna of the University of California at Berkeley; Luciano Marraffini of The Rockefeller University; and Francisco Mojica of the University of Alicante.

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