The Young Investigator Award recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions by a professional scientist in the field of oligonucleotide therapeutics who has received his or her doctoral degree within the previous ten years.
Application Deadline Has Passed
The recipient receives:
- $2,000 award
- Complimentary registration to the OTS Annual Meeting
- Formal presentation of the award at the OTS Annual Meeting
- Short talk speaking slot at the OTS Annual Meeting
Required materials include:
-Applicant’s current contact information and affiliation
-Summary of accomplishments (one page or less)
-Current CV (date on which the doctoral degree was awarded must be provided)
-A letter of recommendation, which may be from the nominee’s current colleague(s) or previous mentor(s).
- Be a current member of OTS
- Have received a PhD or MD (or equivalent) within 10 years
- Be an independent academic scientist (rank of at least assistant professor) or a professional industrial scientist
- Be active in research at the time the award is given
- Attend the current year’s Annual Meeting and present a 15 minute short talk on his or her research
- Prior winners are not eligible
2018 Mary Ann Liebert Publishers, Inc. Young Investigator Award Winner:
Yizhou Dong, PhD
The Ohio State University
College of Pharmacy
Division of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
434 Riffe Building, 500 West 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210
Biography: Yizhou Dong is an Associate Professor ofCollege of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University. His research focuses on the design and development of biotechnology platforms for the treatment of genetic disorders, infectious diseases, and cancers. Dr. Dong has authored over fifty papers and patents. Several of his inventions have been licensed and are currently under development as drug candidates for clinical trials. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including Early Career Investigator Award from the Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program, Research Awards from the National PKU Alliance, New Investigator Grant from the AAPS Foundation, Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), and 2017 Ohio State Early Career Innovator of the Year.
Yizhou Dong received his B.S. from Peking University, Health Science Center and M.S. from Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry. In 2009, he received his Ph.D. degree in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the supervision of Professor K.-H. Lee. From 2010 to 2014, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professors Robert Langer and Daniel Anderson at MIT.
Past Award Recipients:
- 2017: Keith Gagnon, PhD, Southern Illinois University
- 2016: Aurélie Goyenvalle, PhD, University of Versailles Saint Quentin
- 2015: Frank Rigo, PhD, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- 2014: Michael Gantier, PhD, Monash Institute of Medical Research
- 2013: Jonathan K. Watts, PhD, University of Southampton
- 2012: Xianbin Yang, PhD, AM Biotechnologies