International Symposium on Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease Prize Winners

November 14, 2017

Drexel University College of Medicine

The following leaders in the field of molecular medicine and infectious diseases will receive prizes and give talks during the 2017 International Symposium, which will take place from Tuesday, November 14 to Thursday, November 16.


Ed Boyden, PhD: Drexel Prize in Biotechnology

Ed Boyden, PhD is a professor of biological engineering and brain and cognitive sciences at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT McGovern Institute. He leads the Synthetic Neurobiology Group, which develops tools for analyzing and repairing complex biological systems such as the brain, and applies them systematically to reveal ground truth principles of biological function as well as to repair these systems. These technologies include expansion microscopy, which enables complex biological systems to be imaged with nanoscale precision, and optogenetic tools, which enable the activation and silencing of neural activity with light, among many other innovations. Dr. Boyden co-directs the MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering, which aims to develop new tools to accelerate neuroscience progress.

Among other recognitions, he has received the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (2016), the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award (2015), the Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences (2015), the Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award (2013), the Grete Lundbeck Brain Prize (2013), the NIH Director's Pioneer Award (2013), the NIH Director's Transformative Research Award (twice, 2012 and 2013), and the Perl/UNC Neuroscience Prize (2011). He was also named to the World Economic Forum Young Scientist list (2013), the Technology Review World’s "Top 35 Innovators under Age 35" list (2006), and is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2017).

Dr. Boyden's group has hosted hundreds of visitors to learn how to use new biotechnologies, and he also regularly teaches at summer courses and workshops in neuroscience, and delivers lectures to the broader public (e.g., TED [2011]; TED Summit [2016]; World Economic Forum [2012, 2013, 2016]). He received his PhD in neurosciences from Stanford University as a Hertz Fellow, where he discovered that the molecular mechanisms used to store a memory are determined by the content to be learned. Before that, he received three degrees in electrical engineering, computer science and physics from MIT. Dr. Boyden has contributed to over 300 peer-reviewed papers, current or pending patents, and articles, and has given over 300 invited talks on his group's work.


Dan Barouch, MD, PhD: Drexel Prize in Immunology


Kevin Marsh, PhD: Drexel Prize in Infectious Disease


Richard Hynes, PhD, FRS: Drexel Prize in Cancer Biology


Lynn Pulliam, PhD: Drexel's Hilary Koprowski Prize in Neurovirology


Peter Palese, PhD: Special Lecture: Drexel Prize in Translational Medicine