Awards and Recognitions
At Johns Hopkins, the Promise of Medicine compels us to strive to create a better, healthier life for current and future generations. Innovation is central to that promise, and the drive to discover is a shared commitment among faculty, students and staff. As an institution, we are fortunate to have some of the world’s finest scientists, researchers and clinicians walking our halls and sharing their talents with our students in the lab, in the classroom and at patients’ bedsides.
Recent Award Recipients and Honorees
Carol Greider, Ph.D. became a Nobel laureate in 2009, joining 19 other Johns Hopkins faculty. Her discovery of telomerase—a remarkable enzyme that restores telomeres and protects them from damage—catalyzed an explosion of scientific studies that to this day probe connections between telomerase and telomeres to human cancer and diseases of aging.
National Academy of Sciences Inductees
- Professor Emeritus of Biological Chemistry Paul Englund, Ph.D., was inducted into the NAS in 2012 for an illustrious research career dealing with the biology of the sleeping sickness parasite, the trypanosome.
- The laboratory of Rachel Green, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, broadly focuses on the mechanism and regulation of protein production. Dr. Green was elected in 2012.
- The research of 2012 inductee Se-Jin Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, focuses on understanding the role of signaling molecules in regulating embryonic development and adult tissue homeostasis.
Recent Institute of Medicine Inductees
- Johns Hopkins researcher Lawrence J. Appel, M.D., M.P.H., has led a series of landmark studies that have set national standards for preventing heart disease, stroke and kidney disease, with both drug therapies and lifestyle modification. He was elected to the IOM in 2012.
- Also elected in 2012, Gregg Semenza, M.D., Ph.D. , is best known for his groundbreaking discovery in the laboratory of hypoxia-inducible factor 1 or HIF-1, which helps cells cope with low oxygen levels. The discovery has far-reaching implications in understanding low oxygen health conditions like coronary artery disease and tumor growth.
The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. Recent School of Medicine faculty recipients include Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., Lisa Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D. and Geraldine Seydoux, Ph.D.