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Donald F. Hunt, PhD (Bio)

Past Recipients of the Donald F. Hunt Distinguished Contribution in Proteomics Award

  • 2023: David Muddiman, North Carolina State University
  • 2022: Jonathan Sweedler, Univerity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2021: Peipei Ping, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2020: Steven Gygi, Harvard Medical School
  • 2019: Jennifer Van Eyk (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)
  • 2018: Donald F. Hunt (University of Virginia)

Donald F. Hunt Distinguished Contribution in Proteomics Award

The Donald F. Hunt Distinguished Contribution in Proteomics Award recognizes a focused or singular achievement in the field of proteomics. Awardees will be recognized for outstanding contributions to the field of proteomics based upon scientific achievement as well as their contribution to mentorship, improving equity and inclusion within the field. This award is fully supported by the Journal of Proteome Research (JPR) and was established to recognize Prof. Hunt's significant contributions to the field of proteomics. Prof. Hunt was honored as the first recipient of this award which now bears his name. Nominations will be held for 3 years.

The awardee will be invited to work with the Editorial team of JPR to create a Special Issue in their honor.

Current US HUPO membership.
The awardee must be available to present at the annual conference to receive the award and present the lecture.

This award is fully supported by

2024 Recipient: Neil Kelleher, Northwestern University

Neil L. Kelleher, PhD is the Walter and Mary Glass Professor of Molecular Biosciences and professor of chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. He also is director of the 50-person Proteomics Center of Excellence, Director of the Chemistry of Life Processes and a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. His research is focused in the areas of top-down proteomics, natural products discovery, and cancer biology. With >450 papers, Dr. Kelleher is a cross-disciplinary investigator with international impact in proteomics (the study of proteins). 

Together with colleagues in a research consortium (, this emerging approach to measure proteins with complete molecular specificity is being advanced to improve the detection and assignment of function to protein modifications and complexes. Now with an H-factor of 89, Kelleher has mentored over 52 Ph.D. students, >200 postdoctoral scholars, and >200 undergraduates.

After a breakthrough Nature paper in 2011, Kelleher has continued to push the boundaries of proteomics and is currently advancing a compositional map of proteins in all cell types of the human body.  This “domestication” of the human proteome via precise compositional mapping will improve the efficiency of basic and clinical research and therefore enhance diverse goals for the 21st Century, including designer organs, personalized medicine, and early detection of human disease. 


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