GE and Science Prize

2010 Grand Prize Winner

Mark Bates

Mark Bates, a North American regional winner, won the grand-prize for his essay "A New approach to Fluorescence Microscopy." Dr. Bates was born in Toronto, Canada. He received a B.Sc. degree in engineering physics from Queen's University and an M.Sc. degree in physics from McGill University. He conducted his doctoral research at Harvard University, working under the guidance of Xiaowei Zhuang, where he studied the properties of photoswitchable fluorescent molecules and applied these results to develop a new method for high-resolution optical imaging.  Dr. Bates is now a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Stefan Hell in Göttingen, Germany, where he is applying super-resolution fluorescence microscopy to study prokaryotic cell biology.

Regional Winners

Ataman Sendoel

Europe:  Ataman Sendoel for his essay "Is Death Without Oxygen as Sweet as Apoptosis?" Dr. Sendoel was born in Zurich, Switzerland. He studied medicine at the Universities of Zurich and Lausanne. After finishing medical school, he entered the postgraduate program in experimental medicine and biology in Zurich. To further pursue science, he then joined the MD-PhD program of the University of Zurich. He conducted his Ph.D. work in the laboratory of Michael Hengartner, where he studied mechanisms of controlling programmed cell death in C. elegans. Dr. Sendoel is currently a postdoctoral fellow and continues to work on hypoxia responses in C. elegans.

Sakiko Honjoh

Japan:  Sakiko Honjoh for her essay "Is Aging Necessary?" Dr. Honjoh was born in Yokohama, an old port town in Japan. In high school, her imagination was captured by a biology teacher who introduced her to the mechanism of chromosome replication, the chromosome end replication problem, and telomere structures. This so impressed her that she decided to major in molecular biology and entered Kyoto University. Continuing on this track, Dr. Honjoh completed her Ph.D. in the laboratory of Eisuke Nishida at the Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University, working on the signal transduction networks that regulate life span. She is continuing her work in the same lab, still trying to elucidate the molecular changes that occur during aging.

Melissa Fullwood

All Other Countries:   Melissa Fullwood for her essay "Genome-Wide Chromatin Loops Regulate Transcription." Dr. Fullwood was born and raised in Singapore. She studied at Stanford University and graduated in 2005 with a B.Sc. degree in Biological Sciences with Honors, Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa. She completed her Ph.D. in 2009 at the Genome Institute of Singapore under the auspices of the National University of Singapore Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering, where she was supervised by Yijun Ruan and guided by thesis advisory committee members Edison Liu, Edwin Cheung, and Chia-Lin Wei. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees were funded by an Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) National Science Scholarship. In 2009, she was selected for the inaugural L'Oreal for Women in Science National Fellowships in Singapore. She is currently a Lee Kuan Yew Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore under the supervision of Shirish Shenolikar.

We thank our distinguished panel of judges:
Bruce Alberts (Editor in Chief, Science), Friedrich Frischknecht (University of Heidelberg Medical School), Barbara Jasny (Deputy Editor, Science), Linda Miller (New York University Medical Center) and Hiroyuki Noji (Osaka University).