Grand Prize Winner
Lauren Orefice received her B.S. in biology from Boston College and her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Georgetown University. After her postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School, Orefice started as an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School in 2019. Her lab studies the development and function of somatosensory circuits and the ways in which somatosensation is altered in developmental disorders.
Read here Grand Prize winning essay here: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/366/6461/45.
András Szőnyi received undergraduate degrees in medicine and a Ph.D. in neurosciences from the Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. He performed research in the Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Currently, Szőnyi is a postdoctoral fellow in the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland. He studies the cellular mechanisms of learning and memory formation in mice using in vivo imaging and optogenetics.
Read his prize winning essay here: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/366/6461/46.1
Zvonimir Vrselja received his M.D. and Ph.D. from J. J. Strossmayer University in Croatia. He completed his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Nenad Sestan at Yale School of Medicine, where he continues to work as associate research scientist. His research focuses on understanding how brain cells react to anoxic injury following circulatory arrest, and how such cells can be structurally and functionally recovered by developing a perfusion technology.
Read his prize winning essay here: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/366/6461/46.2