19th Annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences

Award for Pioneering Studies in Cell Biology to MPI-CBG director Tony Hyman

Photo: Magdalena Gonciarz

Max Planck Director Anthony A. Hyman is among three scientists awarded the 2020 Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences for determining how cells can compartmentalize processes without the use of membranes.  The other awardees are Clifford Brangwynne, Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Michael Rosen is the Chair of the Department of Biophysics at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas Texas, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

“The 2020 Wiley Prize recognizes Cliff Brangwynne, Tony Hyman, and Michael Rosen for their discovery that cells can compartmentalize processes without the use of membranes. These phase-separated structures are now recognized to play a role in numerous cell biological processes" said Titia de Lange, Chairperson of the awards jury for the Wiley Prize at the Rockefeller University in New York City.

“The Wiley Foundation honors research that champions novel approaches and challenges accepted thinking in the biomedical sciences. The work of the 2020 Wiley Prize recipients Cliff Brangwynne, Tony Hyman, and Michael Rosen truly upholds this mission,” said Deborah Wiley, Chair of the Wiley Foundation. “We honor them for the discovery of a completely new aspect of cell biology that impacts our understanding of how cells work.”

First awarded in 2002, The Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences is presented annually to recognize contributions that have opened new fields of research or have advanced concepts in a particular biomedical discipline. Among the many distinguished recipients of the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences, nine have gone on to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and two have gone on to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

This year’s award of $50,000 will be presented to the winners on April 3, 2020 at the Wiley Prize luncheon at The Rockefeller University. The winners will then deliver an honorary lecture as part of The Rockefeller University Lecture Series. This event will be live streamed via the Current Protocols’ Webinar Series and registration is free.

Press Release of the Wiley Foundation