ISSCR BD Biosciences Outstanding Young Investigator Award 


The ISSCR BD Biosciences Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes the exceptional achievements of an investigator in the early part of his or her independent career in stem cell research who will be honored with the award at the ISSCR Annual Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden in June 2015. 

2015 Winner


Paul Tesar, PhD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, is the recipient of the seventh annual Outstanding Young Investigator Award. Dr. Tesar's studies have shaped the global understanding of both pluripotent stem cell and oligodendrocyte biology. He will be presented with his award and present his talk during Plenary VI on Saturday, June 27, 2015. 


  • Nominees must be five 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.


  • $7,500 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. Nominations are now closed. For questions, please contact Glori Rosenson at

**Assessment of ‘equivalent position’ is at the discretion of the award selection committee. Comparable titles in the international academic community might include but are not limited to Lecturer, Senior Scientist or Team Leader. Position titles in other research settings such as industry are recognized to be diverse.

Past Winners


Valentina Greco, PhD
Yale University, USA


Marius Wernig, MD, PhD

Stanford University, USA

Cédric Blanpain, MD, PhD
Université Libre De Bruxelles, Belgium 


Robert Blelloch, MD, PhD
University of California, San Francisco, USA


Joanna Wysocka, PhD
Stanford University School of Medicine, CA


Konrad Hochedlinger, PhD
Harvard University
Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

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