Biology Prize

Dr Kenta Asahina, California Institute of Technology 
A circuit supporting concentration-invariant odor perception in DrosophilaKenta Asahina, Matthieu Louis, Silvia Piccinotti and Leslie B Vosshall
Journal of Biology 2009, 8:9 (26 January 2009)

Kenta Asahina Ph.D.
I was born on April 23rd, 1979 in Chiba, Japan. After receiving B.S. in zoology from Department of Science at the University of Tokyo on 1998, I moved to the United States and started doctoral studies in the Rockefeller University, New York. Under supervision of Dr. Leslie Vosshall, I received Ph.D. on 2008 for genetic and physiological study of the olfactory system of the Drosophila larva. Since 2008, I have been a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. David Anderson at California Institute of Technology, conducting research on the genetic and neuronal basis of the fly aggressive behavior.

Medicine Prize

Dr Godfrey Woelk, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Translating research into policy: lessons learned from eclampsia treatment and malaria control in three southern African countriesGodfrey Woelk, Karen Daniels, Julie Cliff, Simon Lewin, Esperança Sevene, Benedita Fernandes, Alda Mariano, Sheillah Matinhure, Andrew D Oxman, John N Lavis and Cecilia Stålsby Lundborg
Journal of Health Research Policy and Systems 2009, 7:31 (30 December 2009)

Godfrey B. Woelk Ph.D.
Godfrey B. Woelk is a Senior Research Epidemiologist in the International Health Program within RTI International’s Social, Statistical and Environmental Sciences Division, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Health Education and Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining RTI two and half years ago, Dr. Woelk was Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Community Medicine, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences. He was also previously Department Chair, and his areas of research include HIV and AIDS prevention and care, as well as maternal health, hypertensive diseases of pregnancy, child health, and knowledge translation. Dr. Woelk collaborated on a number of multi-country trials and studies.

Open Data Award

Dr Yoosook Lee, Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis 
Ecological and genetic relationships of the Forest-M form among chromosomal and molecular forms of the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae sensu strictoYoosook Lee, Anthony J Cornel, Claudio R Meneses, Abdrahamane Fofana, Aurélie G Andrianarivo, Rory D McAbee, Etienne Fondjo, Sekou F Traoré and Gregory C Lanzaro
Malaria Journal 2009, 8:75 (21 April 2009)

Yoosook Lee Ph.D.
Yoosook Lee, did her 2000. BS in the Dept. of Life Science at POSTECH, South Korea. In 2006 she received her PhD in Biology at UCLA, USA (Advisor : Charles E. Taylor, Ph.D.). From 2007 until present she is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Dept. of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis (Advisor: Gregory C Lanzaro, Ph.D). Lee’s interest areas include population genetics of malaria vector in Africa. Lee developed and is currently maintaining PopI, an individual-level population genomic database for sharing genetic, meteorology, ecology data with vector biologists community at large. She is married to Travis C Collier.

Genome Biology Award

Ben Langmead, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 
Ultrafast and memory-efficient alignment of short DNA sequences to the human genomeBen Langmead, Cole Trapnell, Mihai Pop and Steven L Salzberg
Genome Biology 2009, 10:R75 (4 March 2009)

Ben Langmead M.Sc
I am currently a research associate in the Department of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. I earned my M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland in 2009 and his B.A. in Computer Science from Columbia University in 2003. My chief interest is in how approaches from Computer Science can aid the study of genomics. In particular, I have developed algorithms and systems that enable very rapid analysis of sequencing data from second-generation sequencing machines. I continue to work in an interdisciplinary fashion with biologists and statisticians on ways in which high performance approaches can help to answer otherwise difficult questions.

Case Report of the year

Dr Georgios Labiris, University in Alexandroupolis 
Association between isotretinoin use and central retinal vein occlusion in an adolescent with minor predisposition for thrombotic incidents: a case reportGeorgios Labiris, Andreas Katsanos, Maria Karapetsa, Ioanna Mpanaka and Dimitrios Chatzoulis
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2009, 3:58 (10 February 2009)

Georgios Labiris Ph.D.
Dr Georgios Labiris is a senior lecturer of Ophthalmology at the Democritus University in Alexandroupolis, Greece. He is a graduate of medicine from the Semmelweis University with a postgraduate degree in Healthcare management from the California Coast University, in US. He was awarded his PhD title from the Medical School at the Ioannina University in 2005. Prior to his appointment at the Democritus University in 2008, he served as a consultant of Ophthalmology at the University Hospital of Larissa, in Greece. He authored and co-authored 28 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and he is a reviewer for a series of scientific journals. His scientific interests focus on corneal diseases, refractive surgery, glaucoma and contemporary healthcare management.

Editor of the year

Dr Kuan-Teh Jeang 
Kuan-Teh Jeang MD, Ph.D.
Kuan-Teh Jeang MD, PhD, is the Chief of the Molecular Virology Section at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the Laboratory of Molecular Microbiology.  He was born in Taiwan, spent his childhood in Libya, and came to the United States at age 12.  He attended university at MIT (Boston, MA), and graduated with MD and PhD degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD).  Dr. Jeang’s research interests spanning the past 25 years are in the basic research of HIV-1 gene expression and in HTLV-1 transformation of human cells.  He has published more than 250 peer reviewed articles; and he has edited two editions of the book “HIV-1: Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis” and several other volumes on retroviral biology and oncogenic tumor viruses.

Dr. Jeang is the current editor-in-chief of Retrovirology; (, a leading peer-reviewed Open Access journal that publishes basic research papers on retroviruses.  He is also an Associate Editor of Cancer Research; and a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Biological Chemistry and the Journal of Virology.

Dr. Jeang is an elected fellow of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the Association of American Physicians (AAP), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and an Academician of Academia Sinica.  He is currently the president of the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America (SCBA;, the largest international society of bioscientists of Chinese extraction.

Dr. Jeang’s wife, Diane is a veterinarian.  They have three children, David, Diana and John.

Biology Image Libary: Image of the year

Dr Heiti Paves, Department of Gene Technology, Tallinn University of Technology 
Arabidopsis thaliana flower(6 November 2009)

Heiti Paves Ph.D.
Dr Heiti Paves began his career as a research scientist in the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics at the National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Estonia, and obtained his Doctors Degree from the University of Tartu. He has also worked in the Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology, Consorzio Mario Negri Sud, Santa Maria Imbaro (Chieti), Italy and at the Laboratory of Neurobiology, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland as an EMBO fellow. Dr Paves has been working at the Department of Gene Technology at Tallinn University of Technology since 2004, and has been a Senior Researcher and the Chair of Gene Technology since 2005. Dr Paves was the winner of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition in 2009, was awarded 8th place in the 2009 Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition, and received an Honorable Mention for the 2009 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge.

Biology Image Libary: Animation of the year

Dr Kèvin Knoops, Leiden University Medical Center 
3D-model of the reticulovesicular network of modified ER membranes induced by and implicated in SARS-coronavirus replication(8 September 2009)

Kèvin Knoops M.Sc, PhD
During his M.Sc. education in biology, Kèvin Knoops specialized in electron and confocal microscopy techniques at universities in Groningen (the Netherlands), Tokyo (Japan) and Graz (Austria). Upon starting his PhD research at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC, the Netherlands) in 2004, he focused on the architecture of the membrane modifications induced by Nidoviruses, the group that includes the SARS-coronavirus. Supervised by Prof. Eric Snijder (molecular virology) and Dr Mieke Mommaas and Prof. Bram Koster (ultrastructural and molecular imaging), his first article, describing the 3D ultrastructure of the SARS-coronavirus-induced reticulovesicular network of modified endoplasmic reticulum, was published in PLoS Biology and honored with the Kiem-award by the Netherlands Society of Microbiology. Supported by an EMBO fellowship, Kèvin currently works as a postdoctoral fellow on the dynamics of translocation and membrane proteins at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Grenoble (France).

Open Access Institute of the Year

University of Zurich
The University of Zürich is the largest university in Switzerland and has been a leading advocate for open access to research for many years.
As early as July 2005, Zürich introduced a mandatory policy requiring researchers to deposit published articles in its repository, while also providing encouragement to authors to publish their research articles in fully open access journals. Zürich provides central financial support for authors via participation in membership programs at many open access publishers, including BioMed Central.

The university also offers one of the best institutional open access information websites, bringing together relevant and up-to-date information on open access for Zürich researchers (including a professionally-producedvideo on the benefits of the open access model!)

Researchers from Zürich have published hundreds of articles in BioMed Central journals over the years, and citation analysis shows those articles to be particularly highly cited.

Open Access Institute of the Year

Chinese Academy of Science
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is China’s national academy for science and also operates more than 100 research institutes. Membership of the academy is the highest academic honour for a Chinese scientist, and today there are close to 700 CAS members.

CAS has shown continued leadership on open access, and this has been reflected in the rapid uptake of open access publishing by Chinese researchers at CAS institutes and elsewhere in China.

CAS president Lu Yongxiang signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access in May 2004.

In June 2005, the CAS National Science Library hosted an International Conference on Strategies and Policies for Open Access to Scientific Information.

In August 2009 CAS joined forces with BioMed Central to pioneer a new ‘Shared Support Membership model’, whereby researchers own contributions to open access publication fees are supplemented by matching central funds.

In October 2010, CAS will host the Berlin8 Open Access conference, in Beijing

Open Access Institute of the Year

Harvard University

Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and is an internationally renowned leader in research.
In February 2008, Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences voted unanimously to adopt a mandatory policy of making published articles freely accessible online, the first such institutional policy at a US university.<

In response to this Faculty resolution, Harvard created a new Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC), responsible for setting up and managing the necessaruy open access repository infrastructure, and monitoring compliance with the open access policy, and encouraging open access publishing.

The open access mandate introduced by Harvard’s Faculty of Art and Sciences has been extremely influential, encouraging and emboldening other US institutions including MIT, Kansas and Duke University to take similar action. In addition, a further 4 schools at Harvard have since gone on to introduce their own mandates. (Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government)

A notable aspect of Harvard’s approach to open access is that it emphasizes the need to find sustainable alternatives to subscriptions in order cover the costs associated with peer-reviewed publication, while avoiding the need to restrict access.

Specifically, the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE) launched in September 2009, is an important initiative whose signatories (including Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, Dartmouth and Cornell) commit to provide a mechanism of central funding for open access publishing costs, to ensure that open access journals are not systematically disadvantaged by the library system (which provides central support to traditional journals via subscriptions)

The Harvard Open-Access Publishing Equity fund (HOPE) is Harvard’s implementation of such a central funding mechanism, and allows authors at Harvard to apply for reimbursement of reasonable open access publication fees, where other funding is not available.