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  • Past Laureates of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics


    Research Field: Physical Principles of Biological Systems


    Prof. Howard C. Berg

    Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology,

    The Rowland Institute, Harvard University, USA,



    For pioneering contributions to understanding the physical mechanisms of bacterial motion and chemotaxis.



    Prof. George Oster

    Department of Molecular & Cell. Biology and Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California, Berkeley, USA



    For discovery of physical principles behind intracellular force generation in cell motility, morphogenesis and biological pattern formation.

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    Research Field: Biological Systems


    Prof. Carlos Bustamante

    Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Department of Physics,

    Department of Chemistry, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute,
    University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-3220, USA


    For his seminal contributions to single molecule biophysics.



    Prof. Wolfgang Helfrich

    Department of Physics, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany



    For his pioneering contributions to the foundation of biophysics of lipid bilayers and biological membranes.




    Research Field: Innovative Physical Techniques in Biology


    Prof. Stephen R. Quake
    Dept. of Bioengineering and Dept. of Applied Physics, Stanford University, USA


    For his seminal contributions to the development of microfluidic methods for biophysics and structural biology of proteins and nucleic acids.



    Prof. Xiaowei Zhuang
    Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Dept. of Physics, Harvard University, USA


    For her seminal contributions to the invention, development and biophysical applications of Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (STORM) and related methods of super resolution microscopy.




    Research Field: Physics of Biomolecular Interactions


    Dr. Gerhard Hummer
    Theoretical Biophysics Section, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA


    For his seminal contributions to the study of the hydrophobic effect and its contribution to protein interactions and assemblies.



    Prof. Yigong Shi
    School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China


    For his seminal contributions to the study of protein interactions underlying molecular mechanisms of apoptosis (programmed cell death.)






    Research Field: Physics of Structure Formation and Self-Assembly of Proteins and Nucleic Acids


    Prof. David A. Baker
    Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, USA


    For his seminal contributions to computational studies of protein folding, structure and reactions.


    Prof. Martin Gruebele
    Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA


    For his seminal contributions to experimental studies of fast processes mediating the structural dynamics of complex biomolecular system.


    Prof. Jonathan S. Weissman
    Departments of Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology and Biochemistry & Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco, USA


    For his seminal contributions to the study of protein folding in the formation and transmission of prions.






    Research Field: Biophysics of Molecular and Cell Dynamics


    Prof. Clare M. Waterman-Storer
    The Scripps Research Institute, Department of Cell Biology, La Jolla, California; and Laboratory of Cell and Tissue Morphodynamics, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA


    For her seminal contributions to the field of Cellular Biophysics: methodology for quantitative characterization of intracellular dynamics of cytoskeleton and focal adhesions.


    Prof. Frank Jülicher
    Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany


    For his seminal contributions to the field of the physics of non-equilibrium bio-cellular systems such as molecular motors, active membranes, filaments and the cytoskeleton.





    Research Field: Physics of Biological Molecules and Assemblies


    Dr. Harvey T. McMahon
    Medical Research Council, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge


    For his seminal contributions to the field of Cell Biophysics: regulation of membrane dynamics by proteins and molecular mechanisms of endocytosis.



    Prof. Paul R. Selvin
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Physics, USA


    For his seminal contributions to the study of Single Molecule Biophysics: development of novel tools for studying atomic-scale conformational changes in biological macromolecules.


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