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Past Recipient of the Catherine E. Costello Lifetime Achievement in Proteomics Award

  • 2020: Ruedi Aebersold, ETH Zurich
  • 2019: Catherine E. Costello (Boston University School of Medicine) 

Catherine E. Costello Lifetime Achievement in Proteomics Award

The Lifetime Achievement in Proteomics Award recognizes a career of discovery that has made a lasting impact on the field of proteomics. This award is sponsored by US HUPO and was created in honor of its first recipient Catherine E. Costello. Eligibility is restricted to members of US HUPO. Nominations will be held for three years. 

Nominations are now closed for the year. Nominations will be held for three years.


  • The nominee must be a current US HUPO Member.
  • The awardee must be available to present at the annual conference (March 7-10, 2021) to receive the award and present the lecture (virtually or in-person, pending the status of the COVID-19 pandemic).

Instructions and Deadlines

The award application must be completed in full to be considered, so please ensure you have all the required documents prior to submitting.

Please collate all materials, including the required supporting letters into a single PDF prior to uploading. The PDF should include the following documents:

  1. Short description from the nominator on the impactful discoveries and achievements over the nominee's career (one-page maximum).
  2. List of key publications that support the nomination.
  3. Two letters of reference supporting the nomination.

The nomination form must be completed in its entirety to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 13, 2020. Late applications will not be reviewed. Award notifications will be sent to recipients and nominators on December 11, 2020.

2020 Recipient: Ruedi Aebersold, ETH Zurich

Ruedi Aebersold is a Swiss and Canadian scientist trained at the Biocenter, University of Basel. He completed his education at Caltech. He is a Professor at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. Ruedi was on the faculties of the Universities of British Columbia and Washington and co-founded, with Lee Hood and Alan Aderem, the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle. He has co-founded several companies and holds several public service appointments. Ruedi was awarded an honorary doctorate of the University of Lund, Sweden and the work of the group was recognized with numerous prizes and awards.

The research focus of his group is the proteome. The group has pioneered several widely used techniques and generated a range of open access/open source software and statistical tools that have contributed to making proteomic research results more transparent, reproducible and accurate. In his group, these techniques have been applied to a wide range of projects in basic and translational research.

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