Announcing the 2018 Winners

The Milstein Young Investigator Awards are bestowed upon individuals who have made an impact on interferon and cytokine research early in their careers. The 2018 Milstein Awards were presented at Cytokines 2018 in Boston on Saturday, 27 October, 2018.

Ricardo Rajsbaum, PhD

Ricardo Rajsbaum, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Microbiology and Immunology University of Texas Medical Branch Ricardo Rajsbaum, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston,...

Greg Sonnenberg, PhD

Greg Sonnenberg, PhD Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in Medicine Weil Cornell, New York City, USA Dr. Sonnenberg completed his doctoral research training at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, focusing on mucosal immunology....

Munir Akkaya, MD, PhD

Munir Akkaya, MD, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, NIAID, NIH Dr. Munir Akkaya received his MD degree from Hacettepe University, Turkey in 2007 and D.Phil (PhD) degree from the University of Oxford in 2012. During his undergraduate education, he was awarded with a Scholarship...

Ari B. Molofsky, PhD

Assistant Professor Department of Laboratory Medicine University of California San Francisco Principal Investigator Ari Molofsky received a BS in Molecular Biology from the University of Texas in 1999 and completed his MD/PhD at the University of Michigan in 2007. His...

Tatsuma Ban, PhD

Assistant Professor Department of Immunology Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine Yokohama City, Japan Dr. Ban received his Ph.D. in 2012 from the University of Tokyo, Japan under the mentorship of Prof. Tadatsugu Taniguchi. During his Ph.D. course, he...

Kiyoshi Hirahara, PhD

Associate Professor Department of Immunology Graduate School of Medicine Chiba University, Chiba, JAPAN Dr. Hirahara graduated from Niigata University school of Medicine in 2001. He was engaged in clinical practice as a physician, specifically in respiratory medicine...

Andreas Bergthaler

Principal Investigator CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine Austrian Academy of Sciences Vienna, Austria Dr. Bergthaler studied veterinary medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna and performed his graduate studies at the Institute of...

Vineet D. Menachery

Post-doctoral Fellow Laboratory of Ralph Baric Department of Epidemiology Gillings School of Global Public Health University of North Carolina Dr. Vineet D. Menachery received his B.S. in Microbiology from Clemson University in 2004 and his Ph.D. in Immunology from...

Di Yu

Senior Research Fellow Head of Laboratory for Molecular Immunomodulation Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department of Medicine (joint) Monash University Australia Dr. Yu came to Australia in 2003 to study Immunology with Prof. Carola Vinuesa and...

Si Ming Man

Postdoctoral Fellow St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Memphis, Tennessee, USA Dr. Man received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, UK, for his work on inflammasomes in the host defense against Salmonella infection. He is an Australian National Health and...

Dusan Bogunovic

Assistant Professor Dept. of Microbiology Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York, NY Dr. Dusan Bogunovic obtained his PhD at NYU School of Medicine, NY, NY, USA in Molecular Oncology and Immunology. During my PhD training, he examined examined the function...

Daniel J. Gough

Centre for Cancer Research Hudson Institute of Medical Research Clayton, Australia Dr. Gough is a biochemist and cancer biologist and group leader of the STAT Cancer Biology lab at the Hudson Institute and Monash University. He was awarded a Ph.D from the University...

Shuvojit Banerjee

Lerner Research Inst Cleveland Clinic Foundation Dept of Cancer Biology Cleveland, OH Dr. Shuvojit Banerjee received his PhD in Biotechnology from the Dr.B.C.Guha Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Calcutta (India) in 2008. He then went to...

Aoi Akitsu

Tokyo University of Science Univ of Tokyo Inst of Medical Science Noda-shi, Chiba Japan Dr. Aoi Akitsu is an immunologist and a postdoctoral fellow at Tokyo University of Science, Japan. Her research has been focused on the cellular and molecular mechanism of the...

Dominic De Nardo

Institute of Innate Immunity University Hospital University of Bonn Dr Dominic De Nardo received his PhD in 2009 from the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he developed a keen interest in macrophages and the innate immune system while working on mechanisms of...

Stacy Horner

Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC Dr. Stacy Horner is currently an Assistant Professor in the Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and Medicine departments at Duke University Medical Center. She received her Ph.D. in 2007 from...

Maria Liaskos

Centre for Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases MIMR-PHI Institute of Medical Research Melbourne, Australia Dr Maria Kaparakis-Liaskos obtained her Ph.D from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne in 2005, under the supervision...

Seth Masters

Inflammation Division The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Victoria, Australia Dr Masters completed his PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI), which resulted in the first structure of the SPRY/B30.2 domain. In 2006 Dr Masters started a postdoc with Dan...

Kate Schroder

Institute for Molecular Bioscience The University of Queensland Brisbane, Australia Kate Schroder's research focuses on the interactions between host and pathogen during the initial stages of infection and the development of inflammation. She received her PhD in 2005...

David Langlais

Dept. of Biochemistry McGill University Montreal, Canada Dr. Langlais completed his Ph. D. with honours in Molecular Biology in 2011 under the supervision of Dr. Jacques Drouin at Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Canada and is currently pursuing postdoctoral research...

Hilario J Ramos

Department of Immunology University of Washington Seattle, WA/Gilead Corp. Dr. Ramos received his Ph.D. in Immunology from UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2009 under the mentorship of Dr. J. David Farrar.  More recently, Dr. Ramos’s work has focused on identifying...

John Schoggins

Department of Microbiology UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, TX Dr. Schoggins received his Ph.D. in 2007 from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and recently joined the faculty in the Department of Microbiology at UT Southwestern Medical...

2012 Milstein Young Investigator Award Winners

2011 Milstein Young Investigator Award Winners

  • Volker Fensterl, Ph.D.
    Senior Fellow
    Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute
    Cleveland, Ohio  USA
  • Ole Jensen Hamming, Ph.D.
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
    University of Aarhus
    Aarhus, Denmark
  • Yueh-Ming (Ming) Loo, Ph.D.
    Research Assistant Professor
    Department of Immunology
    University of Washington
    Seattle, Washington  USA
  • Mehul Suthar, Ph.D.
    Senior Fellow
    Department of Immunology
    University of Washington
    Seattle, Washington  USA
  • Gijs A. Versteeg, Ph.D.
    Research Fellow
    Department of Microbiology
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    New York, New York  USA

2010 Milstein Young Investigator Award Winners

  • Saurabh Chattopadhyay, Ph.D.
    Research Associate
    Department of Molecular Genetics
    Lerner Research Institute
    Cleveland, Ohio  USA
  • Yeonseok Chung, Ph.D.
    Institute of Molecular Medicine
    University of Texas Medical School at Houston
    Houston, Texas  USA
  • Michael P. Gantier, Ph.D.
    Research Fellow
    Centre for Cancer Research
    Monash Institute of Medical Research
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Ram Savan, Ph.D.
    Senior Fellow
    Laboratory of Experimental Immunology
    National Cancer Institute-Frederick
    Frederick, Maryland  USA
  • Estanislao Nistal Villan, Ph.D.
    Research Associate
    Center for Applied Medicine (CIMA)
    Universidad de Navarra
    Pamplona, Spain

2009 Milstein Young Investigator Award Winners

  • Niamh Mangan, Ph.D.
    Centre for Innate Immunity
    Monash University
    Clayton, Victoria, Australia
  • Hiroki Ishikawa, Ph.D.
    Cancer Center
    University of Miami | Miami, Florida, USA
  • Ramtin Rahbar, Ph.D.
    Department of Immunology
    University of Toronto | Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Xiao-Ling Li, Ph.D.
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology
    University of Maryland | Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • Benjamin tenOever, Ph.D.
    Department of Microbiology
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    New York, New York, USA