Essays on Science and SocietyGE PRIZE-WINNING ESSAY

2007 Grand Prize Winner

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Science  07 Dec 2007:
Vol. 318, Issue 5856, pp. 1566
DOI: 10.1126/science.318.5856.1566

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Matt Stremlau, the author of the prize-winning essay and a North American regional winner, received his B.S. in chemistry from Haverford College. After graduation, he spent 1 year as a Henry Luce Fellow at the National Laboratory for Agrobiotechnology in Beijing, China, before beginning graduate studies at Harvard University. Here Dr. Stremlau investigated retroviral restriction in nonhuman primates in Dr. Joe Sodroski's laboratory. He currently works in the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator's Office at the State Department as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. Dr. Stremlau plans to start a postdoctoral fellowship in 2008 and is interested in emerging biotechnologies relevant to the developing world.

Regional Winners

North America: Bo Huang for his essay “Molecular Accounting of a Cell.” Dr. Huang was born in Chongqing, China. He graduated with honors in 2001 with a B.S. degree in chemistry from Peking University. As a graduate fellow at Stanford University, under the direction of Dr. Richard N. Zare, he worked on the development of microfluidic devices for the analysis of individual cells using single-molecule detection. Now, as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, he is working with Dr. Xiaowei Zhuang on a fluorescence microscopy technique that can achieve molecular-scale resolution in biological samples.

Europe: Mikaela Rapp, for her essay “The Ins and Outs of Membrane Proteins.” Dr. Rapp grew up in Stockholm, Sweden. As a Ph.D. student in the group of Dr. Gunnar von Heijne at Stockholm University, she performed a global topology analysis of the E. coli inner membrane proteome. Dr. Rapp defended her thesis in December 2006 and is currently learning membrane protein crystallography in the laboratory of Dr. Mika Jormakka at the Centenary Institute in Sydney, Australia. She plans to continue her scientific career as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Pär Nordlund at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

Japan: Takeshi Imai for his essay “Axonal Wiring Specificity by Differential cAMP Levels of the Mouse Olfactory System.” Dr. Imai was born in Tokyo in 1978 and grew up in Ina, a small southern city in Nagano, Japan. In 2001, he received a B.S. degree in biophysics and biochemistry from the University of Tokyo and remained there to pursue graduate studies in Dr. Hitoshi Sakano's laboratory, where he investigated the molecular mechanisms of the odorant receptor. He completed his Ph.D. in September 2006 but stayed on in Dr. Sakano's lab as a postdoctoral fellow.

All other countries: Manuel de la Mata for his essay “The Transcriptional Control of Alternative Splicing.” Dr. de la Mata was born in Santa Rosa, Argentina. He majored in chemistry at the University of Córdoba, Argentina, and then entered a Ph.D. program at the University of Buenos Aires, where he studied the coupling of transcription with alternative splicing in the group of Dr. Alberto Kornblihtt. He defended his thesis in December 2006 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales at the University of Buenos Aires.

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