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Major Honors & Awards

Nobel Prize medal

Hutch's world-renowned researchers have received three Nobel Prizes.

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

  • Dr. E. Donnall Thomas (1990) - deceased
  • Dr. Lee Hartwell (2001)
  • Dr. Linda Buck (2004)

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded once a year by the Swedish Karolinska Institute. It is one of the five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Alfred Nobel in 1895, awarded since 1901 for outstanding contributions in physics, chemistry, literature, peace and physiology or medicine.

Albert Lasker Medical Research Award

  • Dr. Lee Hartwell (1998)

The Lasker Awards are among the most respected science prizes in the world. Since 1945, the Awards Program has recognized the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of human disease. Lasker Awards often presage future recognition by the Nobel committee, so they have become popularly known as "America's Nobels." Seventy-six Lasker laureates have received the Nobel Prize, including 28 in the last two decades.

The Gairdner Foundation International Award

  • Dr. E. Donnall Thomas (1990) - deceased
  • Dr. Lee Hartwell (1992)
  • Dr. Linda Buck (2003)

The Gairdner Foundation was created in 1957 by James Arthur Gairdner to recognize and reward the achievements of medical researchers whose work contributes significantly to improving the quality of human life. Since the first awards were made in 1959, the Gairdner Awards have become Canada's foremost international award. The Gairdner Awards honor the world's most creative and accomplished researchers from every field of bioscience.


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MacArthur Fellows Program

  • Dr. Mark Roth (2007)

The MacArthur Fellows Program of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awards unrestricted $500,000 fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. There are three criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.

Recipients may be writers, scientists, artists, social scientists, humanists, teachers, entrepreneurs, or those in other fields, with or without institutional affiliations. They may use their fellowship to advance their expertise, engage in bold new work, or, if they wish, to change fields or alter the direction of their careers.

Although nominees are reviewed for their achievements, the fellowship is not a reward for past accomplishment, but rather an investment in a person's originality, insight, and potential. Indeed, the purpose of the MacArthur Fellows Program is to enable recipients to exercise their own creative instincts for the benefit of human society.

National Academy of Sciences

  • Dr. E. Donnall Thomas (1982) - deceased
  • Dr. Harold Weintraub (1986) - deceased
  • Dr. Lee Hartwell (1987)
  • Dr. Bob Eisenman (1998)
  • Dr. Mark Groudine (2001)
  • Dr. Linda Buck (2003)
  • Dr. Steve Henikoff (2005)
  • Dr. Dan Gottschling (2011)
  • Dr. Sue Biggins (2015)
  • Dr. James Priess (2017) 
  • Dr. Harmit Malik (2019)

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare.The NAS was signed into being by President Abraham Lincoln on March 3, 1863, at the height of the Civil War. As mandated in its Act of Incorporation, the NAS has, since 1863, served to "investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art" whenever called upon to do so by any department of the government.

Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine)

  • Dr. Maureen Henderson (1974) - deceased
  • Dr. Ross Prentice (1990)
  • Dr. Mark Groudine (2003)
  • Dr. Linda Buck (2006)
  • Dr. Lawrence Corey (2008)
  • Dr. Eric Holland (2009)
  • Dr. Nancy Davidson (2011)
  • Dr. Thomas Fleming (2012)
  • Dr. Frederick Appelbaum (2013)
  • Dr. Gary Gilliland (2015)

The nation turns to the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine) for science-based advice on matters of biomedical science, medicine, and health. A nonprofit organization specifically created for this purpose as well as an honorific membership organization, the Institute of Medicine was chartered in 1970 as a component of the National Academy of Sciences.

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

  • Dr. Harold Weintraub (1988) - deceased
  • Dr. Lee Hartwell (1998)
  • Dr. Robert Eisenman (2003)
  • Dr. Mark Groudine (2006)
  • Dr. Linda Buck (2008)
  • Dr. Daniel Gottschling (2010)
  • Dr. Lawrence Corey (2012)
  • Dr. Gary Gilliland (2016)
  • Dr. Sue Biggins (2018)
  • Dr. Nancy E. Davidson (2019)
  • Dr. Denise Galloway (2019)

For more than 225 years, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has been honoring excellence and providing service to the nation and the world. Through independent, nonpartisan study, its ranks of distinguished "scholar-patriots" have brought the arts and sciences into constructive interplay with the leaders of both the public and private sectors. The Academy was founded during the American Revolution by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other leaders who contributed prominently to the establishment of the new nation, its government, and its Constitution. Its purpose was to provide a forum for a select group of scholars, members of the learned professions, and government and business leaders to work together on behalf of the democratic interests of the republic. Today the Academy is an international learned society with a dual function: to elect to membership men and women of exceptional achievement, drawn from science, scholarship, business, public affairs, and the arts, and to conduct a varied program of projects and studies responsive to the needs and problems of society.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

  • Dr. Paul Neiman (1989)
  • Dr. John Potter (1990)
  • Dr. Mark Groudine (1994) 
  • Dr. Linda Buck (1998) 
  • Dr. Meng-Chao Yao (2005) 
  • Dr. Maxine Linial (2007)
  • Dr. Denise Galloway (2008)  
  • Dr. Gerald Smith (2008)
  • Dr. M. Elizabeth Halloran (2009)
  • Dr. Roger Brent (2010)
  • Dr. Robert Eisenman (2010)
  • Dr. Steven Henikoff (2012)
  • Dr. Rainer Storb (2014)
  • Dr. Adam Geballe (2017)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.

American Association for Cancer Research Academy

  • Dr. Leland “Lee” Hartwell (2013)
  • Dr. Robert Eisenman (2015)
  • Dr. Nancy Davidson (2017)
  • Dr. Gary Gilliland (2018)
  • Dr. Fred Appelbaum (2019)
  • Dr. Philip Greenberg (2019)

The mission of the AACR Academy is to recognize and honor distinguished scientists whose major scientific contributions have propelled significant innovation and progress against cancer, and to leverage the expertise of the global brain trust of Fellows of the AACR Academy to advance the mission of the AACR to prevent and cure all cancers through research, education, communication and collaboration.

European Academy of Sciences

  • Dr. Linda Buck (2009)

The European Academy of Sciences (EAS) is a nonprofit, non-governmental, independent organization of the most distinguished scholars and engineers performing forefront research and the development of advanced technologies, united by a commitment to promoting science and technology and their essential roles in fostering social and economic development.

The Royal Society

  • Dr. Linda Buck (2015)

The U.K.-based Royal Society is a fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognize, promote and support excellence in science, and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

Joseph F. Fraumeni Jr. Distinguished Achievement Award (American Society of Preventive Oncology)

  • Dr. John Potter (1999)
  • Dr. Polly Newcomb (2013)
  • Dr. Beti Thompson (2018)

The Joseph F. Fraumeni Jr. Distinguished Achievement Award is bestowed annually by the American Society of Preventive Oncology. It honors outstanding scientists in the areas of preventive oncology, cancer control and prevention. Presented since 1983, the award was renamed in 2016 in honor of renowned cancer epidemiologist Dr. Joseph Fraumeni Jr., scientist emeritus of the National Cancer Institute Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics. He is perhaps best known for his discovery (along with Dr. Frederick P. Li) of an inherited increased risk of early-onset cancers known as Li-Fraumeni Syndrome.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators (current)

  • Dr. Steve Henikoff (1990-)
  • Dr. Harmit Malik (2013-)
  • Dr. Sue Biggins (2015-)
  • Dr. Jesse Bloom (2018-)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators alumni

  • Dr. Harold Weintraub (1990-1995) - deceased
  • Dr. Jim Priess (1994-2011)
  • Dr. Eric Holland (1995-1998)
  • Dr. Steve Hahn (1997-2005)
  • Dr. James Roberts (1997-2006)
  • Dr. Leonid Kruglyak (2000-2005)
  • Dr. Cecilia Moens (2000-2012)
  • Dr. Adrian Ferre D'Amare (2008-2011)
  • Dr. Linda Buck (2002-2017)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientists

  • Dr. Toshiyasu Taniguchi (2009-)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Simons Faculty Scholar

  • Dr. Jesse Bloom (2016-)

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is a nonprofit research organization that engages in the direct conduct of research. The institute's original charter states, "The primary purpose and objective of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute shall be the promotion of human knowledge within the field of the basic sciences (principally the field of medical research and medical education and the effective application thereof for the benefit of mankind."

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

  • Dr. Effie Petersdorf (1998)
  • Dr. Cecilia Moens (2000)
  • Dr. Bill Grady (2005)
  • Dr. Harmit Malik (2009)
  • Dr. Ulrike Peters (2009)
  • Dr. Muneesh Tewari (2010)

The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), conferred annually at the White House, is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. The award embodies the high priority placed by the government on maintaining the leadership position of the United States in science by producing outstanding scientists and engineers and nurturing their continued development. The Awards identify a cadre of outstanding scientists and engineers who will broadly advance science and the missions important to the participating agencies.

The PECASE is intended to recognize some of the finest scientists and engineers who, while early in their research careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the twenty-first century. The Awards foster innovative and far-reaching developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the nation's future.

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards

  • Dr. Edus Houston Warren (2000, Damon Runyon-Lilly Clinical Investigator Award)
  • Dr. Cassian Yee (2001, Damon Runyon-Lilly Clinical Investigator Award)
  • Dr. Bill Grady (2002, Damon Runyon-Lilly Clinical Investigator Award)
  • Dr. James M. Olson (2002, Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award)
  • Dr. John Pagel (2005, Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award)
  • Dr. Colleen Delaney (2007, Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award)
  • Dr. Elahe A. Mostaghel (2008, Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award)
  • Dr. Muneesh Tewari (2009, Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award)
  • Dr. Robert Bradley (2009, Damon Runyon Fellow; 2012 Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists)
  • Dr. Brian Till (2010, Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award)
  • Dr. Peter J. Skene (2011, Damon Runyon Fellow)
  • Dr. Marie Bleakley (2011, Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award)
  • Dr. Cameron Turtle (2013, Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award)
  • Dr. Brian Till (2013, Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award Continuation Grant recipient)
  • Dr. Matthew P. Miller (2014, Damon Runyon Fellow)
  • Dr. Tera C. Levin (2015, Damon Runyon Fellow)
  • Dr. Alistair B. Russell (2015, Damon Runyon Fellow)
  • Dr. Aude G. Chapuis (2015, Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award)
  • Dr. Matthew Miller (2018, Damon Runyan Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists)

These awards from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation are given annually to advance projects that "have the potential to have a major impact on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer."   At the end of the Fellowship, there are often a select few who have greatly exceeded the Foundation’s highest expectations.  These spectacular young scientists are the most likely to make paradigm-shifting breakthroughs that transform the way we prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.  To catapult their research careers—and their impact on cancer—the Foundation will make an additional investment in these exceptional individuals by selecting them as recipients of the Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists.

Allen Distinguished Investigator Award

  • Dr. Matthias Stephan (2018)

The Allen Distinguished Investigator Award program was launched in 2010 by The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, a division of the Allen Institute. The award funds early-stage research that is less likely to receive support from traditional funding sources but which has the potential to significantly advance our understanding of biology. The award confers $1.5 million in research support over three years for studies of lymphoma, neuroscience, the immune system, aging and development, and basic biology.

W. M. Keck Foundation Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research

  • Dr. Bruce Clurman (1999)
  • Dr. Wenying Shou (2009)

The W. M. Keck Foundation’s Distinguished Young Scholars Program is a groundbreaking initiative created to give the nation's most promising young scientists the resources they need to pursue potentially breakthrough research projects in biomedical research. Established as a five-year program in 1999, the W. M. Keck Foundation renewed the program for additional years in 2004 and 2008. During its 11-year span, the program awarded nearly $55 million to 54 of America’s most promising scientists, many of whom have gone on to publish pioneering work and assume leadership positions in the field.

Pew Scholars Program in the Biological Sciences

  • Dr. Daniel E. Gottschling (1991)
  • Dr. Susan M. Parkhurst (1992)
  • Dr. Toshio Tsukiyama (1998)
  • Dr. Nina Salama (2002)
  • Dr. Patrick Paddison (2009)
  • Dr. Jesse Bloom (2015)

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, supports young investigators of outstanding promise in the basic and clinical sciences relevant to the advancement of human health. Nominations for the awards are invited from a limited number of institutions selected on the basis of the scope of their work in biomedical research.

Searle Scholar Award

  • Dr. Eric Holland (2000-2003)
  • Dr. Harmit Singh Malik (2005)
  • Dr. Toshiyasu Taniguchi (2005)
  • Dr. Phillip H. Bradley (2009)
  • Dr. Jesse Bloom (2012)

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their first appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is a tenure-track position. Today, 147 institutions are invited to participate in the Program.