2017 Grand prize winner
As an undergraduate, Stilianos Louca studied physics and mathematics at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Germany, before going on to attain a PhD in applied mathematics at the University of British Columbia, Canada. During his doctoral research, he investigated how microorganisms, in particular their genes, interact with the environment and with each other to drive elemental fluxes at ecosystem scales.
2017 Category winners
Kelley Harris studied mathematics as an undergraduate at Harvard University and transitioned into genomics during a postgraduate year at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. She then earned a PhD in Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley, with a Designated Emphasis in Computational Biology, where she continued building statistical methods that describe how genome sequences evolve.
You can read her prize winning essay here.
Jared Mayers is a resident in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, working towards a career that balances basic science research with clinical practice. After completing his undergraduate degree at Williams College, he earned his MD from Harvard Medical School and his PhD in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests center on identifying and understanding the mechanisms driving whole body metabolic alterations and tissue interactions in early disease states.
Mijo Simunovic sought higher education in the United States and in France, earning his PhD in theoretical chemistry from the University of Chicago, and his PhD in experimental physics from the University of Paris. In his scientific work, he pursues complex biological problems that are fundamentally driven by physics. Currently, he is at The Rockefeller University where, as a Junior Fellow of the Simons Society, he uses stem cells to build experimental models of the human embryo, aimed at elucidating the earliest events in human development.