2015 Grand prize winner
Allison Cleary for her essay, "Teamwork: The Tumor Cell Edition." Originally from Denver, Colorado, Cleary completed her undergraduate degree in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at the University of Colorado where she was first introduced to basic science research. From there, she continued her studies at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in their combined M.D./Ph.D. program.
2015 Category winners
Adam Ford for For his essay on the topic of ecology and environment, "The Mechanistic Pathways of Trophic Interactions in Human-Occupied Landscapes." Ford is a wildlife ecologist interested in how predator-prey interactions are shaped by human-modified landscapes. He received a B.Sc. from the University of Victoria (British Columbia), a M.Sc. from Carleton University (Ontario), and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia with Assistant Professor Jacob Goheen.
Johannes Scheid for his essay on the topic of translational medicine, "HIV Specific B cell Response in Patients with Broadly Neutralizing Serum Activity." Growing up in New York and Germany in a family of scientists, Scheid was fascinated early in life by the career of a physician scientist. During medical school at the Charité Berlin, he decided to pursue a Ph.D. at The Rockefeller University.
Ludmil Alexandrov for his essay on the topic of genomics and proteomics, "Understanding the Origins of Human Cancer: Mutational Signatures." Alexandrov is an Oppenheimer Fellow in the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Neumont University and received his M.Phil. in Computational Biology as well as his Ph.D. in Cancer Genetics from the University of Cambridge.