Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science

Women have made significant contributions to the science of medicine. At Vanderbilt, we believe that for society to benefit from biomedical research, we must engage women in basic and clinical investigation, nurture their careers, and attract the most capable individuals. We created the Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science to honor and recognize a woman scientist of national reputation who has a stellar record of research accomplishments and is known for her mentorship of women in science. The Vanderbilt Prize winner also nurtures the career, research, and studies of a promising woman beginning her PhD studies at Vanderbilt. The prize recipient gives a lecture at Vanderbilt, will serve as a mentor to the Vanderbilt Prize Scholar, and receives an honorarium.

Prize Recipients

Lindquist_Susan.jpg2014
Susan Lindquist, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Member, Whitehead Institute
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Vanderbilt Prize lecture: November 19, 2015, 4 p.m., 208 Light Hall


Laurie Glimcher, M.D.

2013
Laurie Glimcher, M.D.
Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College
Provost for Medical Affairs of Cornell University

See a video of Dr. Glimcher's Vanderbilt Prize Lecture "ER Stress Sensors in Disease," as part of the Flexner Discovery Lecture Series held on Thursday, May 1 at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall.


Joan A. Steitz, Ph.D.

2012
Joan A. Steitz, Ph.D.
Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Yale School of Medicine
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

See a video of Dr. Steitz's Vanderbilt Prize Lecture titled "Noncoding RNAs: with a viral twist," held on May 2, 2013, at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall, as part of the Flexner Discovery Lecture Series.


Titia de Lange, Ph.D.

2011
Titia de Lange, Ph.D.
Leon Hess Professor and head of the Laboratory for Cell Biology and Genetics
American Cancer Society Research Professor
Director, Anderson Center for Cancer Research
Rockefeller University, New York

See a video of Dr. de Lange's Vanderbilt Prize Lecture titled "How telomeres solve the end-protection problem" held on February 23, 2012 at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall, as part of the Discovery Lecture Series.


Nancy Andrews, M.D., Ph.D.

2010
Nancy Andrews, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, Duke University School of Medicine
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology

See a video of Dr. Andrew's Vanderbilt Prize Lecture on "Forging an Understanding of Iron Homeostasis" held on March 31, 2011, at 4:00 p.m., in 208 Light Hall, as part of the Discovery Lecture Series.


Susan Taylor, Ph.D.

2009
Susan Taylor, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of California, San Diego

See a video of Dr. Taylor's Vanderbilt Prize Lecture on "Dynamics of Signaling by PKA" held on February 18, 2010, at 4:00 p.m., in 208 Light Hall, as part of the Discovery Lecture Series.


Ann Graybiel, Ph.D.

2008
Ann Graybiel, Ph.D.
Walter A Rosenblith Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

See a video of Dr. Graybiel's Vanderbilt Prize Lecture on "Our Habitual Lives: How the Brain Makes and Breaks Habits" held on October 30, 2008, at 4:00 p.m., in 208 Light Hall, as part of the Discovery Lecture Series.


Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D.

2007
Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D.
Winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Medicine
Morris Herzstein Endowed Professor in Biology & Physiology, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco

See a video of Dr. Blackburn's presentation on Telomeres and Telomerase in Health and Disease in the Discovery Lecture Series on January 10, 2008.


Nancy Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D.

2006
Nancy Andreasen M.D., Ph.D.
Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa

See a video of Dr. Andreasen's presentation on The Creative Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius in the Discovery Lecture Series on September 28, 2006.