2014 Grand prize winner
The author of the grand prize-winning essay in the category of Environmental Life Science, Liron Bar-Peled, received his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Georgia and his PhD in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied amino acid sensing in David Sabatini's lab.
Chelsea Wood for her essay on the topic of the environment, "Environmental change and the ecology of infectious disease." Wood is a disease ecologist interested in how parasites and pathogens respond to human impacts on the environment. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College, and her PhD from Stanford University.
Simon Johnson for his essay on the topic of translational medicine, "A Novel Target for Pharmacological Intervention in an Untreatable Human Disease." Johnson is an American Federation for Aging Research Fellow in the department of Genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Oregon State University and received his Ph.D.
Dan Dominissini for his essay on the topic of genomics and proteomics, "Roadmap to the Epitranscriptome — N6-methyl-adenosine Signals the Way, YTH Proteins Respond." Dominissini received his Bachelor of Medical Science degree from Tel-Aviv University, Israel, in 2007. He went on to study RNA post-transcriptional modifications for his Ph.D., focusing on adenosine deamination and methylation, with Gideon Rechavi at Tel-Aviv University.