Winners of 2017 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists Include Pioneering Molecular Biologist, Physical Chemist and Mathematician; 6 Researchers Named Finalists

We are delighted to honor and support this year’s outstanding Winners and Finalists as they pursue their remarkable scientific careers.

The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences today announced the three Winners and six Finalists of the 2017 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists. Established in 2007, the Awards are given annually by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and administered by the New York Academy of Sciences to honor the excellence of outstanding postdoctoral scientists from institutions across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Three regional Winners and six Finalists are chosen from the fields of Life Sciences, Chemistry, and Physical Sciences and Engineering. Each Winner is awarded $30,000, and each Finalist receives a $10,000 prize.

In 2017, 161 outstanding nominations for the Blavatnik Regional Awards were received from 28 academic institutions in the New York tri-state area. Winners and Finalists were selected by a distinguished jury of senior scientists and engineers. This year’s Blavatnik Regional Awards Winners are:


  • Chao Lu, PhD, The Rockefeller University. A molecular and cellular biologist, Dr. Lu is being recognized for identifying chemical modifications to our chromosomes that lead to uncontrolled growth and proliferation of cells, and subsequently, to the formation of tumors.
  • Andrew Ilott, PhD, New York University. Dr. Ilott, a physical chemist who is being honored for developing novel MRI techniques to scan electrochemical devices, improving understanding of battery failure mechanisms.
  • June Huh, PhD, Institute for Advanced Study. Dr. Huh, a mathematician, is being celebrated for solving longstanding problems in mathematics using innovative approaches.

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