AWARD SPEAKERS

du Vigneaud Award
The Vincent du Vigneaud Awards recognize outstanding achievement in peptide research at mid-career. The du Vigneaud Awards are sponsored by Bachem, and are awarded to two deserving recipients at the biennial American Peptide Symposia.

Annette Beck-Sickinger, Ph.D.

Annette Beck-Sickinger, Ph.D.

Annette G. Beck-Sickinger studied chemistry and biology at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and received her Ph.D. in organic chemistry. She was post-doc with E. Carafoli at the Laboratory of Biochemistry, ETH Zürich, and appointed as assistant professor of Pharmaceutical Biochemistry at ETH Zürich. Since October 1999, she is full professor of Biochemistry and Bioorganic Chemistry at the University of Leipzig. She spent a sabbatical at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, as visiting professor.

Hiraoki Suga, Ph.D.

Hiraoki Suga, Ph.D.

Professor Hiroaki Suga was born in Okayama City, Japan in 1963. He received his Bachelor of Engineering in 1986, and Master of Engineering in 1989 from Okayama University. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1994 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After three years of post-doctoral work in Massachusetts General Hospital, he was appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry in the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1997, and promoted to the tenured Associate Professor in 2002. In 2003, he moved to Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology in the University of Tokyo as an Associate Professor, and soon after he was promoted to Full Professor.


Merrifield Award
From 1977 to 1995, this was The Alan E. Pierce Award, sponsored by the Pierce Chemical Company. The Merrifield Award was established in 1997 by an endowment from Rao Makineni. The Merrifield Award, presented at the biennial symposia, recognizes the lifetime achievement of a peptide scientist, whose work exemplifies the highest level of scientific creativity.

Lila Gierash, Ph.D.

Lila Gierasch, Ph.D.

Lila M. Gierasch earned her A. B. in 1970 from Mount Holyoke with a major in chemistry and obtained her Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard University in 1975, under the direction of Elkan Blout. She has held faculty positions at Amherst College, the University of Delaware, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where she held the Robert A. Welch Chair in Biochemistry.


Goodman Scientific Excellence & Mentorship Award
The Murray Goodman Scientific Excellence & Mentorship Award was established in 2007 by an endowment from Zelda Goodman. The Goodman Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated career-long research excellence in the field of peptide science. In addition, the selected individual should have been responsible for significant mentorship and training of students, post-doctoral fellows, and/or other co-workers. This award is presented at the biennial American Peptide Symposia.

Fernando Albericio, Ph.D.

Fernando Albericio, Ph.D.

Fernando Albericio got his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Barcelona (UB) under the guidance of Ernest Giralt. After several postdoctoral stays at Tufts University with Victor Najjar; Université d’Aix-Marseille with Jurphass van Rietschoten; and University of Minnesota with George Barany, he returned to Barcelona in 1985 as an Associate Professor at the UB. From 1992-94, he was Director of Peptide Research at Millipore in Boston. He rejoined the UB after this period and was promoted to Full Professor in 1995. From 2003-2015, he was Group Leader at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB). From 2014-2015, he was founder Rector of Yachay Tech, a university in Ecuador. Since 2016, he is Research Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, where he has created the Peptide Science Laboratory.


Rao Makineni Lectureship
The Rao Makineni Lectureship was established in 2003 by an endowment by PolyPeptide Laboratories and Murray and Zelda Goodman. The Lectureship honors Rao Makineni, a long-time supporter of peptide science, peptide scientists, and the American Peptide Society. The Makineni Lectureship recognizes an individual who has made a recent contribution of unusual merit to research in the field of peptide science. The award is intended to recognize original and singular discoveries rather than cumulative or lifetime contributions. The award is presented at the biennial American Peptide Symposia

Xuechen Li, Ph.D.

Xuechen Li, Ph.D.

Professor Xuechen Li received his BSc degree from Nankai University, China, his MSc from the University of Alberta, Canada, and, in 2007, his PhD from Harvard University, USA. After postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Prof. Samuel Danishefsky at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, he joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor in 2009, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014 and Professor in 2018. He was granted the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship in 2018.


The APS Early Career Lectureship
Established in 2019 and sponsored by the American Peptide Society, the Early Career Lectureship recognizes outstanding early career investigators who have demonstrated innovative research in peptide science. Two recipients will be chosen biennially and each will deliver a talk at the Symposium in a session appropriate to their work. The APS will support the registration, lodging at the conference hotel and up to $1000 in travel expenses of the awardees.

Monika Raj, Ph.D.

Monika Raj, Ph.D.

Monika Raj is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Auburn University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. She then pursued post-doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University. In the fall of 2014, she joined the faculty of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Seton Hall University at New Jersey before moving to the Auburn University in August 2017.

Jevgenij Raskatov, Ph.D.

Jevgenij Raskatov, Ph.D.

Jevgenij Raskatov was born in Moscow (where he grew up as a cellist) and following the family move to Germany in 1994, studied Chemistry at the University of Heidelberg. He then moved to Oxford to pursue his graduate studies in organic chemistry with focus on asymmetric catalysis and chiral ion pairing. This was followed by a research stay at Caltech with Peter Dervan as a Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Raskatov has started his independent research career at UC Santa Cruz in 2014.