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Past Recipients of the Robert J. Cotter New Investigator Award

  • 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 young 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.

2021 Recipient: Martin Wuhr, Princeton University

Martin Wühr received his BS in biochemistry from the TU Munich, and a PhD in systems biology from Harvard. For his postdoc, Martin worked jointly with Steven Gygi and Marc Kirschner. Since 2016 Martin has been an Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology at the Lewis-Sigler Institute at Princeton University. The Wühr Lab aims to advance quantitative proteomics via the complementary reporter ion approach. The developed technology enables accurate, sensitive, and precise multiplexed proteomics at the MS2 level with comparatively simple instrumentation. Leveraging this approach, the Wühr Lab studies various aspects of cellular organization, including how differential nucleocytoplasmic partitioning affects developmental progression, which proteins are liquid-liquid phase separated in vivo, and to what extent protein expression is regulated via transcription, translation, or degradation.


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