This award is intended for outstanding members of the SMBE community who
are in the midst of their research careers. The primary criterion is a record
of truly outstanding research that has contributed broadly to the field of
Molecular Biology and Evolution. The prize includes recognition at the
annual SMBE banquet, a cash prize of $2000 and a travel award to attend the
annual meeting. This award will be made annually.
2019 Margaret Dayhoff Mid-Career Award Winner: Patricia Wittkopp
Patricia Wittkopp is Sally L. Allen and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as well as Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan. She studies the genetic basis of phenotypic differences, with an emphasis on the regulation of gene expression. Molecular and developmental biology, population and quantitative genetics, genomics and bioinformatics are integrated in her work. Patricia Wittkopp received her B.S. from the University of Michigan working with Greg Gibson, a PhD from the University of Wisconsin working with Sean Carroll, and did postdoctoral work at Cornell University working with Andy Clark. Dr. Wittkopp was a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fellow, an Alfred P Sloan Research Fellow, a March of Dimes Starter Scholar, and currently serves as Senior Editor at eLife and Associate Editor at Molecular Biology and Evolution and GENETICS.
2018 Margaret Dayhoff Mid-Career Award Winner: Matthew W. Hahn
Matthew W. Hahn is a Professor of Biology and Computer Science at Indiana University. He got his B.S. from Cornell University working with Rick Harrison, his Ph.D. from Duke University working with Mark Rausher, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis working with Chuck Langley and John Gillespie. His research uses population genetic and phylogenetic approaches to understand adaptation, speciation, and the evolution of genes and genomes.
Dayhoff Mid-Career Award Winner: Toni Gabaldón, CRG
Toni Gabaldón has a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from
the University of Valencia (Spain), and obtained his PhD (under the
supervision of Martijn Huynen) in 2005 at he Nijmegen Center for Molecular
Life Sciences. Nijmegen (The Netherlands). Since September 2008, he leads the
Comparative Genomics group of the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in
Barcelona (Spain), and is associate professor at the University Pompeu Fabra.
Gabaldón has been working in the fields of comparative and evolutionary
genomics where he has made significant contributions to the understanding of
how genomes and phenotypes evolve across species. Major contributions from his
research include providing fundamental insights into the origin an evolution
of eukaryotes and their organelles; evolution of function across gene families
and the implications of orthology and paralogy; and the study of genome
evolution in eukaryotes, including non-vertical processes such as horizontal
gene transfer and hybridization. He has authored over 140 publications and has
been awarded the prestigieous ERC Starting and Consolidator grants, and the
2016 Margaret Dayhoff Mid-Career Award Winner: Stephen I. Wright
Stephen I. Wright is an Associate Professor
and Canada Research Chair in Population Genomics at the University of Toronto.
He completed an M.Sc. at McGill University with Dan Schoen and Thomas Bureau,
his PhD with Deborah Charlesworth at the University of Edinburgh, and a
postdoctoral fellowship with Brandon Gaut at the University of California
Irvine. His research interests focus on plant population and
evolutionary genomics, with a particular interest in the genomic consequences
of mating system evolution, quantification of genome-wide positive and
negative selection, and the evolution of transposable elements.