The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize

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2014 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize to honor Lucy Shapiro, Ph.D. for her discoveries in developmental biology
Special guest speaker Dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley, business technology pioneer and philanthropist 


Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Caspary Auditorium
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue at 66th Street
6:30 p.m.       Prize Ceremony
7:30 p.m.       Reception


The Rockefeller University will host the Eleventh Annual Pearl Meister Greengard Prize on Tuesday, November 11. The 2014 recipient will be Lucy Shapiro, Ph.D., a pioneering developmental biologist whose work on the single-celled Caulobactor bacterium illuminated the mechanisms that control the differentiation of cells in all living things, from the simplest organisms to the most complex. Her discoveries led to an understanding of how DNA, which exists in a single dimension, is translated into organisms that exist in three dimensions. Shapiro’s work has garnered many accolades, including the National Medal of Science, presented by President Obama in 2013.


The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, awarded annually by The Rockefeller University, was established by Dr. Paul Greengard, the University’s Vincent Astor Professor, and his wife, the sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard.  Dr. Greengard donated his monetary share of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine to Rockefeller and, in partnership with generous supporters of the University, created this major international prize. Named in memory of Dr. Greengard’s mother, who died giving birth to him, the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize provides recognition of the accomplishments of women in science.


Founded in 1901, The Rockefeller University is a world-renowned center for biomedical research. Its 73 independent laboratories are contributing to the understanding and treatment of cancer, heart disease, neurological and psychiatric conditions, infections and autoimmune disorders, and many other health concerns.  Thirty-four Rockefeller scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences.  Twenty-four researchers associated with the University throughout its history have been awarded the Nobel Prize


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