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IZFS 2020 Chi-Bin Chien & George Streisinger Award Winners

Dear Zebrafish Community Members,

On behalf of the International Zebrafish Society (IZFS), we are pleased to announce the 2020 award winners:

Dr. Margot Williams, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine, USA--Chi-Bin Chien Award Winner

Dr. Margot William's outstanding research contributions and dedication to the zebrafish field truly characterize the spirit of Chi-Bin Chien. In November 2019, Dr. Williams started her lab at the Baylor College of Medicine, where she seeks to understand how embryonic cell behaviors are spatiotemporally coordinated to shape the emerging body plan.

Dr. Alexander Schier, PhD, University of Basel, Switzerland--George Streisinger Award Winner

Dr. Alexander Schier has made multiple advancements to the zebrafish field that also characterize the founding father of zebrafish research, George Streisinger. Dr. Schier’s lab at the University of Basel has defined the first morphogen-inhibitor pair for Turing-like pattern formation and discovered the microRNA-induced degradation of maternal mRNAs.

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We would like to thank all of the nominators and high quality nominees for the 2020 IZFS Chi-Bin Chien & George Streisinger Awards. Nominees who were not selected will have their nomination in place for a period of three years starting with the first year of nomination. Individuals can be re-nominated which will start a new three-year period.

Again, congratulations to Dr. Margot Williams and Dr. Alex Schier! IZFS and the zebrafish community are grateful for your tremendous contributions to zebrafish research.

Tatjana Piotrowski, PhD
IZFS Awards Committee Chair

Didier Stainier, PhD
IZFS President

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