NYSCF — Robertson Stem Cell Prize

The NYSCF − Robertson Stem Cell Prize has been awarded annually since 2011 to an outstanding young stem cell scientist in recognition of significant and path breaking translational stem cell research. Each NYSCF − Robertson Stem Cell Prize recipient receives a cash award as well as a sculpture from The New York Stem Cell Foundation.

2016 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Prize Recipient

Feng Zhang, PhD

Core Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Associate Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Zhang and his lab pioneered the development of genome editing tools from CRISPR-Cas9. These tools are accelerating biomedical research around the world. In theory, CRISPR-Cas9 will give scientists the ability to change, delete, and replace genes, which will allow researchers to revolutionize treatment of disease. His methods are being used in immunology, clinical medicine, and cancer biology. Dr. Zhang is also widely recognized for his work in optogenetics, a powerful discipline that enables scientists to use light to study the behavior of individual neurons. 


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2015 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Prize Recipient

Franziska Michor, PhD

Professor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

For the development of novel, interdisciplinary approaches to treat cancer

Dr. Michor has designed novel cancer drug treatment regiments, currently being tested in clinical trials. Her work will directly impact therapeutic paradigms in human diseases.

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2014 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Prize Recipient

Marius Wernig, MD, PhD

Associate Professor at Stanford University

For a new method to generate neurons

Dr. Wernig’s research focuses on reprogramming skin cells into functional neurons, and he and colleagues are currently conducting clinical trials to find treatments for recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB), a rare tissue disorder.

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2013 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Prize Recipient

Amy Wagers, PhD

Professor at Harvard University

For key insights into aging

Dr. Wager’s work involves the regulation and therapeutic potential of blood and muscle forming stem cells, especially in the role of aging.

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2012 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Prize Recipient

Kazutoshi Takahashi, PhD

Junior Associate Professor at Kyoto University, Japan

For the discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells

Dr. Takahashi’s lab is aiming to understand the mechanisms underlying the pluripotent state of stem cells. He is also looking to study the variations between cell lines that arise from different individuals.

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2011 Inaugural NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Prize Recipient

Peter J. Coffey, DPhil

Professor at University College London, United Kingdom
Professor at University of California, Santa Barbara

For the first stem cell trial to treat blindness

Dr. Coffey’s work using stem cells to halt visual deterioration and treat age-related eye diseases resulted in the first clinical stem cell trials to attempt to treat blindness.

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