ISSCR Dr. Susan Lim Award for Outstanding Young Investigator

The ISSCR Dr. Susan Lim Award for Outstanding Young Investigator, supported by the Dr. Susan Lim Endowment for Education and Research Ltd., recognizes the exceptional achievements of an investigator in the early part of his or her independent career in stem cell research.

Current Winner

  • 2017 Winner

    Jayaraj Rajagopal, MD

    The 2017 ISSCR Dr. Susan Lim Outstanding Young Investigator Award was presented to Jayaraj Rajagopal, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Howard Hughes Faculty Scholar, U.S. Dr. Rajagopal has established himself as a young leader in the field of lung stem cells and lung repair, working with both mouse and human models. As a physician-scientitst, Dr. Rajagopal has done genetic studies and lineage tracing in the mouse lung, and established a strong research program focused on the repair and regeneration of human lung tissue. His research has provided new insights into the progression of diseases such as asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, COPD, and lung cancers. 

     

Criteria

  • Nominees must be seven or fewer years out from their first full-time assistant professorship or equivalent position in an academic, industrial or clinical research setting.**
  • Nominees must be an ISSCR member in good standing.
  • Nominees must be independent investigators conducting original research in basic science or clinical development and translation in the field of stem cell research.
  • Nominees must be nominated by two (or more) ISSCR members in good standing.
  • Nominees must be available to attend the ISSCR Annual Meeting if they are selected as the award recipient.

Award

  • $15,000 USD personal award plus a complimentary registration to the ISSCR Annual Meeting where they will be honored.
  • The award recipient will be honored during a plenary session at the ISSCR Annual Meeting. An ISSCR leader or the recipient’s mentor will have the opportunity to make a formal presentation and reflect on the accomplishments of the recipient. The award recipient will have the opportunity to give a featured presentation.

Nomination Process

Nominations must be sponsored by two or more people. Nomination letters may be submitted individually or as a single, co-signed letter. Nomination letter(s) (up to two pages) should provide the following:

  • a statement of up to 100 words highlighting the most important accomplishment(s) of the nominee
  • an overview of the nominee’s contributions to the field of stem cell research
  • a statement of the nominee’s status as an independent investigator

A copy of the nominee’s CV and listing of up to five of their most relevant publications must also accompany the nomination letter. Include an electronic version of these publications where possible. 

Past Winners

  • 2016 Winner

    Fernando Camargo, PhD

    Boston Children's Hospital, USA
    Supported by the Dr. Susan Lim Endowment for Education and Research, Ltd.
  • 2015 Winner

    Paul Tesar, PhD

    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, USA
    Supported by BD Biosciences
  • 2014 Winner

    Valentina Greco, PhD

    Yale University, USA
    Supported by BD Biosciences
  • 2013 Winner

    Marius Wernig, MD, PhD

    Stanford University, USA
    Supported by the University of Pittsburgh-McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
  • 2012 Winner

    Cédric Blanpain, MD, PhD

    Université Libre De Bruxelles, Belgium 
    Supported by the University of Pittsburgh-McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
  • 2011 Winner

    Robert Blelloch, MD, PhD

    University of California, San Francisco, USA
    Supported by the University of Pittsburgh-McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
  • 2010 Winner

    Joanna Wysocka, PhD

    Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
    Supported by the University of Pittsburgh-McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
  • 2009 Winner

    Konrad Hochedlinger, PhD

    Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
    Supported by the University of Pittsburgh-McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine