Merkin Prize Jury

The Merkin Prize Jury is composed of scientific leaders from academia and industry in the US and Europe. Jurors include:

Kristi Anseth
Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Associate Faculty Director of the BioFrontiers Institute
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, Colorado

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Twitter: @AnsethGroup


Ewan Birney
Deputy Director General, EMBL
Director, EMBL-EBI
Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown
Emeritus Professor, Stanford University
Founder, Impossible Foods
Stanford, California


David Liu

David Liu
Richard Merkin Professor
Director of the Merkin Institute for Transformative Technologies in Healthcare
Core Institute Member
Vice Chair of the Faculty
Director of the Chemical Biology and Therapeutic Sciences Program
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Venki Ramakrishnan

Venki Ramakrishnan
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Photo credit: Kate Joyce


Harold Varmus 
Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, New York

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