2015 Blavatnik Regional Winners and Finalists

October 13, 2015 — The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences today announced the three winners and six finalists of the 2015 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists.  Established in 2007, the Blavatnik Regional Awards honor the excellence of outstanding postdoctoral scientists from institutions across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Winners are awarded $30,000 each and finalists are awarded $10,000 each in unrestricted funds. 

The 2015 Blavatnik Regional Awards received 130 outstanding nominations from 24 academic and research institutions in the New York tri-state area. Winners and finalists were selected by a distinguished jury of senior scientists and engineers.

These talented young scientists will continue to foster innovation and new discoveries for years to come. I congratulate the 2015 postdoctoral winners and finalists, and look forward to following their future scientific accomplishments,” says Len Blavatnik, Founder and Chairman of Access Industries and head of the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

2015 Blavatnik Regional Awards Winners

Life SciencesHani Goodarzi, The Rockefeller University
ChemistryArash Nikoubashman, Princeton University (Now at the University of Mainz) 
Physical Sciences & EngineeringNicolás Young, Columbia University


2015 Blavatnik Regional Awards Finalists

Life Sciences

Allyson Friedman, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Now at Hunter College, City University of New York)
Ziv Shulman, The Rockefeller University (Now at the Weizmann Institute of Science)


Xiang Gao, Yale University
Jinzhong Lin, Yale University

Physical Sciences & Engineering

Yang Liu, Princeton University (Now at Stanford University)
Dennis Perepelitsa, Brookhaven National Laboratory

 “We applaud our 2015 postdoctoral winners and finalists on their remarkable achievements and thank our institutional partners and jury members for helping us highlight some of the most innovative and promising researchers training in the tri-state area,” says Dr. Mercedes Gorre, Executive Director of the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists.

Winners and finalists of the 2015 Blavatnik Regional Awards will be honored at the Academy's 12th annual Gala held at the Conrad Hotel in New York on November 9th, 2015.