Science is a complex, unending, collaborative journey. The Nobel Prizes for science annually seek to recognize individuals who have “conferred the greatest benefit to mankind” in several fields: physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine. Since 1978, more than two dozen scientists supported by HHMI have won.

Jennifer A. Doudna

Jennifer A. Doudna

2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of a method for genome editing. Read more »

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William G. Kaelin, Jr.

William G. Kaelin, Jr.

2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability. Read more »

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Michael Rosbash

Michael Rosbash

2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm. Read more »

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Eric Betzig

Eric Betzig

2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy. Read more »

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Randy Schekman

Randy Schekman

2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells. Read more »

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Thomas Sudhof

Thomas Südhof

2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells. Read more »

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Robert Lefkowitz

Robert Lefkowitz

2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for research on G-protein coupled receptors. Read more »

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Jack Szostak

2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase. Read more »

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Craig Mello

Craig Mello

2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovery of RNA interference – gene-silencing by double-stranded RNA. Read more »

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Richard Axel

Richard Axel

2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for pioneering studies that clarify how the olfactory system works. Read more »

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Roderick MacKinnon

Roderick MacKinnon

2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for landmark studies of ion channel architecture. Read more »

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H. Robert Horvitz

H. Robert Horvitz

2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries concerning the genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death. Read more »

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Carl Wieman, HHMI Professor

Carl Wieman

2001 Nobel Prize in Physics for the achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute gases of alkali atoms, and for early fundamental studies of the properties of the condensates. 

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Eric Kandel

Eric Kandel

2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for elucidating the mechanism of signal transduction in the nervous system. Read more »

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Thomas Cech

Thomas Cech

1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discovery of catalytic properties of RNA. Read more »

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Susumu Tonegawa

Susumu Tonegawa

1987 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the genetic principle for generation of antibody diversity. Read more »

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