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Awards Committee

The Graduate Program in Life Sceinces holds an annual awards ceremony to honor the acheivement of our students, postdoctoral scholars and faculty teachers. This committee is currently chaired by Jeff Winkles, PhD, Professor, Department of Surgery, Track Director, Program in Molecular Medicine. A full list of award categories and previous awardees can be viewed on this section of our website. A full roster of this committee is listed below.


  • Laura Thompson, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Nicole Dueker, Epidemiology & Human Genetics
  • Shoshana Ballew, Gerontology
  • Jessica Albert, Molecular Medicine
  • Leon DeMasi, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
  • Nick Frost, Neuroscience
  • Judith Morgia, Physical Rehabilitation Science
  • Doug Linn, Toxicology

Postdoctoral Scholars

  • Haibing Jiang, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Coleen Pelser, Epidemiology & Human Genetics
  • Ben Prosser, PhD, Molecular Medicine
  • Michelle Laird, PhD, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
  • Yugi Takahashi, PhD, Neuroscience
  • Don Yungher, Physical Rehabilitation Science


  • Eric Toth, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Larry Magder, PhD, Epidemiology & Human Genetics
  • Ann Gruber-Baldini, PhD, Gerontology
  • Paul Welling, MD, Molecular Medicine
  • John Sacci, PhD, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
  • Brian Polster, PhD, Neuroscience
  • Sandy McCombe Waller, P.T., Ph.D., M.ED, Physical Rehabilitation Science
  • Laundette Jones, PhD, Toxicology