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Past Recipients of the Robert J. Cotter New Investigator Award

  • 2022: Stephanie Cologna, University of Illinois Chicago
  • 2021: Martin Wuhr, Princeton University
  • 2020: Si Wu (University of Oklahoma) and Nick Young (Baylor College of Medicine) 
  • 2019: Wilhelm Haas (MassGeneral Hospital Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School)
  • 2018: Leslie Hicks (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • 2017: Peter Nemes (George Washington University) and Christine Vogel (New York University)
  • 2016: Paola Picotti (ETH Zurich)
  • 2015: Bernd Bodenmiller (University of Zurich)
  • 2014: Judit Villen (University of Washington)
  • 2013: Rebecca Gundry (University of Nebraska Medical Center)

Robert J. Cotter New Investigator Award

This award was established to honor the memory of Bob Cotter, a founding member of US HUPO, for his many contributions to scientific research and for his legacy as a mentor to early career scientists. Each year, the award will be given to an individual early in his or her career, in recognition of significant achievements in proteomics, broadly defined. Nominations will be held for three years.

Nominations for the 2024 year must be submitted by Monday, October 16, 2023. 

Current US HUPO membership.

The awardee must be available to present at the annual conference March 9-13, 2024 in Portland, Oregon to receive the award and present the lecture.

This award is 

fully funded by: 

2023 Recipient: Yansheng Liu, Yale University School of Medicine

Yansheng Liu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Yale University School of Medicine. He is also a group leader in quantitative proteomics at the Yale Cancer Biology Institute and Yale Cancer Center. Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011. He then carried out his post-doctoral training at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, under the mentorship of Ruedi Aebersold. In December 2017, Yansheng joined the faculty at Yale and began his independent career. His research program is focused on analyzing protein turnover and post-translational modifications for understanding cancer aneuploidy, cellular signaling transduction, and biodiversity. The Liu Lab also aims to contribute to the development of multiplexed data-independent acquisition mass spectrometry (DIA-MS) approaches. To date, Dr. Liu has co-authored 65 research and review articles. He has received the 2019 ASMS Emerging Investigator, the 2021 ASMS Research Award, the 2021 HUPO ECR Award (winner), and the 2023 US HUPO Robert J. Cotter New Investigator Award. He serves as an editorial board member of Proteomics and Proteomics-Clinical Applications, a scientific advisory board member for Review Commons, and a member of the HUPO Awards Committee and HUPO ETC Committee.


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