Past Laureates of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics
Research Field: Physical Principles of Biological Systems
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.
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.
Photo: Julie Van Scoy
Research Field: Biological Systems
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
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.
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.
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
Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
For his seminal contributions to computational studies of protein folding, structure and reactions.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.