Distinguished Investigator Award

Nominations for the 2022 BSD Distinguished Investigator Award are now closed.

The objective of this award is to recognize highly talented members of our faculty for research excellence. Each faculty may nominate one junior and one senior faculty member in this category.


  • One Junior Faculty Award: Instructors, Assistant Professors, early Associate Professors (4yrs or less)
  • One Senior Faculty Award: Late Associate (more than 4 years) or Full Professors


  • Individuals are to be nominated for outstanding research contributions in science.
  • The nominee must be a current member of the employed (non-voluntary) faculty at the University of Chicago and hold their primary appointment in a BSD department.
  • The achievements for which the candidate is being nominated must have occurred while a faculty member at the University of Chicago.
  • While the body of work is important, the committee will primarily focus on accomplishments during the past 18 – 24 months.
  • Current elected members of the Faculty Advisory Committee are ineligiblesee list of members here.

Nomination Submission Requirements:

  • Nominee’s CV (Nominee is to indicate their five (junior rank) or 10 (senior rank) most impactful publications with an asterisk)
  • Nomination Letter (250-500 words) stating the basis for the nomination that may include:
    • Quantity and quality of publications
    • NIH awards or equivalent
    • Extramural funding from private foundation or industry
    • Leadership in Clinical trials
    • Patents generating licensing income
    • Grant Review board or Study section participation
    • Contributions to Journals

Award Winners

  • A. Murat Eren, PhD, Medicine (GI)
  • Maryellen Giger, PhD, Radiology
2011 - 2020

  • Lucy Godley, MD, PhD, Medicine
  • Hae Kyung Im, PhD, Medicine
  • Manyuan Long, PhD, Ecology and Evolution


  • Demet Araç-Özkan, PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Matthew Stephens, PhD, Human Genetics and Statistics


  • Jane Churpek, MD, Medicine
  • Stefano Allesina, PhD, Ecology and Evolution


  • D. Allan Drummond, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Joy Bergelson, PhD, Ecology and Evolution


  • Marcus Kronforst, PhD, Ecology and Evolution
  • Michael Rust, PhD, Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
  • Thomas Gajewski, MD, PhD, Medicine, Pathology and the Ben May Department for Cancer Research


  • Sliman Bensmaia, PhD, Organismal Biology & Anatomy
  • Paul Sereno, PhD, Organismal Biology & Anatomy


  • Dezheng Huo, MD, PhD, Public Health Sciences
  • Jonathan Staley, PhD, Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology
  • Joseph Piccirilli, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Chemistry


  • David Freedman, PhD, Neurobiology
  • Nancy Cox, PhD, Human Genetics and Medicine


  • Joel Collier, PhD, Surgery
  • Ernst Lengyel, MD, PhD, Obstetrics and Gynecology


  • Juliane Bubeck Wardenburg, MD, PhD, Pediatrics and Microbiology
  • Molly Przeworski, PhD, Human Genetics and Ecology & Evolution
  • Donald F. Steiner, MD, Medicine and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology