Austrian biomedical scientist, Franziska Michor from Harvard University, was awarded one of the $50,000 endowments "Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise". Annually, the Vilcek Foundation awards prizes to US immigrants, recognizing their contribution to the American sciences and arts.
Michor, born in Vienna in 1982, studied mathematics and molecular biology at the University of Vienna and completed her doctoral studies at Harvard University under Austrian mathematician and biologist Martin Nowak. She worked at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and at the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. Since 2010 she has been at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard School of Public Health in Cambridge (Massachusetts) where she currently works as Professor of Computational Biology. Michor explores the evolutionary dynamics of cancer, tumor growth, response to therapy and the occurrence of resistance. The Vilcek Foundation emphasized that Michor's mathematical models for unconventional cancer treatment allowed for rapid implementation in clinical trials, thus creating better patient outcomes.
Additional winners of the "Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise" in the field of biomedical science include Sun Hur from Harvard Medical School and Rob Knight of the University of California in San Diego. Endowed with $100,000, the "Vilcek Prize for Biomedical Science" was awarded to Peter Walter from the University of California at San Francisco.
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