Essays on Science and Society

2010 Grand Prize Winner

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Science  03 Dec 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6009, pp. 1335
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6009.1335

Mark Bates was born in Toronto, Canada. He received a B.Sc. degree in engineering physics from Queen's University and an M.Sc. degree in physics from McGill University. He conducted his doctoral research at Harvard University, working under the guidance of Xiaowei Zhuang, where he studied the properties of photoswitchable fluorescent molecules and applied these results to develop a new method for high-resolution optical imaging. Dr. Bates is now a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Stefan Hell in Göttingen, Germany, where he is applying super-resolution fluorescence microscopy to study prokaryotic cell biology.

Regional Winners


Europe: Ataman Sendoel for his essay “Is Death Without Oxygen as Sweet as Apoptosis?” Dr. Sendoel was born in Zurich, Switzerland. He studied medicine at the Universities of Zurich and Lausanne. After finishing medical school, he joined the M.D.-Ph.D. program of the University of Zurich. He conducted his Ph.D. work in the laboratory of Michael Hengartner, where he studied mechanisms of controlling programmed cell death in Caenorhabditis elegans. Dr. Sendoel is currently a postdoctoral fellow and continues to work on hypoxia responses in C. elegans.


Japan: Sakiko Honjoh for her essay “Is Aging Necessary?” Dr. Honjoh was born in Yokohama, Japan. Inspired by a high-school biology teacher, she decided to major in molecular biology and entered Kyoto University. Continuing on this track, Dr. Honjoh completed her Ph.D. in the laboratory of Eisuke Nishida at the Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University, working on the signal transduction networks that regulate life span. She is continuing her work in the same lab, still trying to elucidate the molecular changes that occur during aging.


All Other Countries: Melissa Fullwood for her essay “Genome-Wide Chromatin Loops Regulate Transcription.” Dr. Fullwood, born and raised in Singapore, graduated from Stanford University in 2005 and completed her Ph.D. in 2009 at the Genome Institute of Singapore under the auspices of the National University of Singapore where she was supervised by Yijun Ruan. In 2009, she was selected for the inaugural L'Oreal for Women in Science National Fellowships in Singapore. She is currently a Lee Kuan Yew Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore under the supervision of Shirish Shenolikar.

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