Postdoctoral Research Award

Our postdoctoral researchers are recognized each year at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Academic Convocation. Established in 2003, the Postdoctoral Research Award acknowledges the accomplishments and promise of outstanding postdocs (winners can be a Research Fellow, Research Scholar, or Research Associate). The award is presented at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Academic Convocation (held in early May) and a prize of $2,000 is presented to each awardee. The recipients are chosen by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Awards Committee.

Nomination Criteria

  • The postdoctoral researcher must have completed at least one year of training at Memorial Sloan Kettering, as of the date of nomination.
  • The nominee should be a postdoctoral researcher both at the time of nomination and at the time the award is conferred.
  • The postdoctoral researcher should be a lead author on or have made a significant contribution to a publication.
  • The postdoctoral researcher must demonstrate distinctive promise for independent, creative research.

Nomination Process

A laboratory head may nominate only one Research Fellow, Research Scholar, or Research Associate from his or her laboratory each year.

A nomination letter from the lab head is required. The letter should include highlights of the postdoctoral researcher’s accomplishments and describe the significance of his or her research project. The letter should also discuss the postdoctoral researcher’s potential for future success as a creative, independent scientist.

Also required are the postdoctoral researcher’s CV and relevant publications. In-press publications may be included.



Pu Gao, PhD
Mentor: Dinshaw Patel, PhD

Xiaowei Hou, PhD
Mentor: Stephen Long, PhD

Sevin Turcan, PhD
Mentor: Timothy Chan, MD, PhD


Swarnali Acharyya, PhD
Mentor: Joan Massague, PhD

Sarah Goetz, PhD
Mentor: Kathryn Anderson, PhD

Jarrod Dudakov, PhD
Mentor: Marcel van den Brink, MD, PhD

Celia Andreu-Agulló, PhD
Mentor: Eric Lai, PhD


Katharina Schlacher, PhD
Mentor: Maria Jasin, PhD

Elisa Oricchio, PhD
Mentor: Hans-Guido Wendel, MD

Joseph Yeeles, PhD
Mentor: Ken Marians, PhD


Liisa Kauppi, PhD
Mentor: Scott Keeney, PhD

Poulikos Poulikakos, PhD
Mentor: Neal Rosen, MD, PhD

Shaun Olsen, PhD
Mentor: Christopher D. Lima, PhD


Rodrigo Fernandez-Gonzalez, PhD
Mentor: Jennifer A. Zallen, PhD

Christina Stallings, PhD
Mentor: Michael Glickman, MD


Ofer Feinerman, PhD
Mentor: Gregoire Altan-Bonnet, PhD

Agnidipta Ghosh, PhD
Mentor: Chris Lima, PhD


Rocio Sotillo Roman, PhD
Mentor: Robert Benezra, PhD

Katsutomo Okamura, PhD
Mentor: Eric Lai, PhD


Stéphane Larochelle, PhD
Mentor: Robert Fisher, MD, PhD

Katerina Abigail Politi, PhD
Mentor: Harold Varmus, MD


Hideki Makinoshima, PhD
Mentor: Michael S. Glickman, MD

Matthew Neal, PhD
Mentor: Scott N. Keeney, PhD


Takahiro Maeda, MD, PhD
Mentor: Pier Paolo Pandolfi, MD, PhD

David Reverter, PhD
Mentor: Chris Lima, PhD


Yibin Kang, PhD
Mentor: Joan Massagué, PhD

Stephane Hausmann, PhD
Mentor: Stewart Shuman, MD, PhD


Joan Seoane, PhD
Mentor: Joan Massagué, PhD

David Ruggero, PhD
Mentor: Pier-Paolo Pandolfi, MD, PhD