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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Ruth Lehmann, Photo credit: Gretchen Ertl

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



Maryellen Giger

Maryellen Giger
A.N. Pritzker Distinguished Service Professor of Radiology,
Committee on Medical Physics, and the College
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois



Ruth Lehmann, Photo credit: Gretchen Ertl/Whitehead Institute

Ruth Lehmann
Director and President, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Photo credit: Gretchen Ertl/Whitehead Institute


David Liu, Photo credit: Casey Atkins Photography, courtesy of Broad Institute

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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Roderic Pettigrew

Roderic Pettigrew
Robert A. Welch Professor
CEO EnHealth
Dean, School of Engineering Medicine
Texas A&M University
Houston Methodist Hospital
Founding Director of NIBIB
College Station, Texas


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
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, New York

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