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Winners of Science & SciLifeLab Prize for young scientists announced

9 December 2014

The names of this years’ Science & SciLifeLab Prize winners are now official. The grand prize of USD 25,000 goes to Liron Bar-Peled. All four winners will visit Uppsala and give public lectures on Thursday, 11 December.

Liron Bar-Peled is awarded the 2014 grand prize for his work describing how multicellular organisms rely on environmental cues to dictate cell size.

‘I feel incredibly honored to receive the Science and SciLifeLab Prize as it awards the culmination of years of research’, says Liron Bar-Peled, a Lallage Feazel Wall Fellow of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and Research Associate researcher at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, USA. ‘This Prize also validates the fundamental importance of how basic biological research can inform about the origins of complex human disease.’

Essays published in Science

Along with the Grand Prize winner, three category winners were also appointed (see below) within each prize category: Cell and Developmental Biology; Genomics and Proteomics; Environment; Translational Medicine; Developmental Biology. The Grand Prize winner will receive a prize of USD 25,000. Each of the three category winners will receive USD 3,000. The grand prize winning essay will be published in Science and essays from the three category winners will be published online.

The award ceremony takes place in Stockholm on December 9 in the famous Hall of Mirrors at the Grand Hotel, the location for the first Nobel Prize ceremony back in 1901. The four winners and representatives from Science will also visit Uppsala on 11 December, giving short public lectures at Navet, Uppsala Biomedical Centre, starting at 13:30.

All 2014 winners

Grand Prize Winner – Liron Bar-Peled
For his essay ‘Size does matter’ in the prize category Cell and Developmental Biology

Category winner – Dan Dominissini
For his essay ‘Roadmap to the Epitranscriptome – N6-methyl-adenosine Signals the Way, YTH Proteins’ in the prize category Genomics and Proteomics

Category winner – Chelsea Wood
For her essay ‘Environmental change and the ecology of infectious disease’ in the prize category Environment

Category winner – Simon Johnson
For his essay ‘A Novel Target for Pharmacological Intervention in an Untreatable Human Disease’ in the prize category Translational Medicine


The Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists is a global prize, established in 2013 by the scientific journal Science and SciLifeLab, aimed at rewarding young scientists at an early stage of their careers. The prize is awarded annually to four young scientists for outstanding life science research for which he/she was awarded a doctoral degree in the previous year.


Sara Engström
David Naylor