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Nature Research Awards for Inspiring Science and Innovating Science

Judges

The Nature Research Awards for Inspiring Science and Innovating Science, in partnership with The Estée Lauder Companies, were created in 2018. Our judges and editorial steering Committee are looking forward to working with the community to develop these over the coming years.

The Nature Research Awards are grateful to our judges for their support.

The judging panels for both awards will be responsible for shortlisting applicants and picking the winner for each award. The judging panel consists of staff from Nature Research, academic scientists, external experts and our corporate partner, The Estée Lauder Companies. Each judging panel will be independent with a chief judge for each award who will coordinate the judging process.

 

Inspiring Science Award panel

Professor Anne Chang is an established clinician researcher recognized for her contributions to clinical research in the areas of paediatric cough, bronchiectasis and evidence-based medicine. She has helped develop and apply evidence-based medicine for respiratory illness in children, in Australia and internationally in the areas of paediatric cough, bronchiectasis and asthma. She has published >430 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She is the division leader of Child Health at the Menzies School of Health Research and her main clinical practice is at the Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

Rana Dajani holds a PhD in molecular cell biology. She is a Harvard Radcliff fellow, a Fulbrighter Eisenhower fellow, an associate professor at Hashemite University, and a visiting scholar at Jordan, Yale and Cambridge. She is a world expert on the genetics of Circassian and Chechan populations in Jordan,  established stem-cell research ethics law in Jordan, is an advocate for biological evolution and Islam, and is Jordan team leader in studying refugee youth and the epigenetics of trauma across generations. She is a member of the UN Women Jordan Advisory Council, established a women mentor network, and received a PEER award in 2014. She has been praised as one of the most influential women scientists in the Islamic World, ranked 12th among the 100 most influential Arab women in 2015, was listed in the women in science hall of fame in 2015, and has been awarded the King Hussein Cancer Institute for cancer and biotechnology award in 2009, the 2016 Global Changemaker Award IIE/Fulbright, and the HM King Abdullah II Jordan star of science

Nicky Dean is the chief editor of Nature Energy, which began publication in January 2016. He joined Nature Research in July 2011 as an editor for Nature Communications, where he handled a broad range of manuscripts across applied and fundamental physics and photonics, including solar cells and light-trapping structures for energy harvesting. He was also team manager for physics and Earth sciences, before leaving to launch Nature Energy in April 2015. Prior to becoming an editor, Nicky gained his DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he studied ultrafast dynamics in correlated electron materials using time-resolved spectroscopy. His subsequent postdoctoral studies for the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter involved characterizing and controlling the magnetic behaviour of multiferroics using nonlinear optical techniques.

Robin Fleming, is a professor of history at Boston College. She is the author of Kings and Lords in Conquest Britain, Domesday Book and the Law, and Britain after Rome, as well as some 40 articles on Britain before the twelfth century. Her forthcoming book, The Material Fall of Roman Britain: The Roman Material Culture Regime and its End, c. 300–c. 550 (University of Pennsylvania Press), covers a period for which almost no contemporary texts survive and is based almost entirely on archaeological evidence.  She became a MacArthur Fellow in 2013.

Nina Meinzer is a senior editor at Nature Physics. A physicist by training, she received her PhD from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology for her work on the interaction of plasmonic metamaterials and optical emitters. Her postdoctoral research at the University of Exeter began with similar studies at the nanoscale and eventually took her to microwave antenna design. She joined Nature Research as an associate editor at Nature Communications in 2016, before moving to Nature Physics in 2019 where she looks after the journal’s optics and photonics content. She is passionate about science communication, open science and diversity.

Lisa Napolione is senior vice president of global research & development, Estée Lauder Companies, with responsibilities for applied research, advanced technologies, and product design for all brands and laboratories. Previously, she held roles as global head of R&D for Novartis Consumer Health and R&D VP at Procter & Gamble. Her technical career has spanned pharmaceutical drug delivery, skin and beauty science. Lisa graduated from Clarkson University in Chemical Engineering and Biology, and she currently leads their Faculty Research Sub-Committee. She is an active mentor to students in STEM, is a Women in Technology sponsor and is a YMCA Rising Star.

Tolullah Oni is a public health physician and urban epidemiologist, a clinical senior research fellow with the University of Cambridge MRC Epidemiology Unit, and an honorary associate professor at the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on transdisciplinary urban health, generating evidence to support healthy public policies in rapidly growing cities. She serves on several advisory boards including Future Earth and the African Academy of Science Open Research Platform; and is an editorial board member of the Lancet Planetary Health, Cities and Health, and the Journal of Urban Health. She is a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, and a 2015 Next Einstein Forum Fellow.

Dr Nadine Pernodet, vice president, global research & development - skin biology & bioactives, leads the skin biology & bioactives groups for The Estée Lauder Companies and defines the future of skincare for global products, including the iconic Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. She has published over 50 articles and peer-reviewed scientific publications and is the holder of over 130 patents. Prior to her current position, she was an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in Materials Science, Molecular & Chemical Engineering, and continues her relationship as an adjunct professor. Originally from France, Dr Pernodet received her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the Louis Pasteur University.

Dr Mirjana Pović (1981, Serbia) is an assistant professor and head of the astronomy department at the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute. She is also an associate researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía in Spain. She obtained her PhD in astrophysics in 2010 at the Institito de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain). Her main field of research is galaxy formation and evolution, focused on the nuclear activity in galaxies. In addition, she worked on the development of science and education in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana, through joint research collaborations, student supervision, training, lecturing, regulation development and outreach. In 2018 she won the inaugural Nature Research Award for Inspiring Science.

Professor Adrian Roitberg was born in Argentina, where he attended college at the University of Buenos Aires, receiving a BSc degree in Chemistry. He received his PhD in theoretical chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, followed by a postdoctoral stay at Northwestern University. He then became a guest scientist the National Institute of Standards and Technology before joining the Chemistry Department at the University of Florida, rising through the ranks until becoming a full professor in 2011. His research centres on theoretical and computational modelling of materials and biomolecular systems. He is very involved in efforts to increase diversity and to advance inclusion for women and underrepresented minorities in science.

Magdalena Skipper is editor in chief of Nature. She is a geneticist by training. She did her doctoral work at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at CRUK in London, UK. She has considerable editorial and publishing experience: having started in Nature Publishing Group in 2001, she was Chief Editor of Nature Reviews Genetics, Senior Editor for genetics and genomics at Nature, and more recently Executive Editor for the Nature Partner Journals.  She is passionate about mentorship, transparent science and clarity in science communication.

Celina Maria Turchi Martelli obtained her MSc in Epidemiology at LSHTM-UK and PhD in Public Health at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She is a researcher at Fiocruz-PE, Brazil, in epidemiology of infectious diseases. She is part of the Microcephaly Epidemic Research Group (MERG), a network of scientists that investigated the Zika epidemic in Brazil, in close collaboration with the Brazilian Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Pan American Health Organization. MERG conducted the first case-control study of the association between microcephaly and congenital Zika infection in the Northeast region. Ongoing research includes paediatric and pregnant cohorts supported by the MoH and ZikaPLAN.

Jackie Y. Ying was MIT Professor and Executive Director of IBN. She currently leads NanoBio Lab, Singapore. For her nanomaterials research, she has been recognized by the American Ceramic Society Purdy Award, David and Lucile Packard Fellowship, ONR and NSF Young Investigator Awards, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, ACS Award in Solid-State Chemistry, TR100 Young Innovator Award, AIChE Colburn Award, IUBMB Jubilee Medal, Mustafa Prize, Academy of Sciences of Iran Medal of Honour, IAS-COMSTECH Ibrahim Award, and TÜBA Academy Prize. She is a Fellow of the German National Academy of Sciences, MRS, RSC, AIMBE, AAAS, SNAS, IAS and US National Academy of Inventors.

 

Innovating Science Award panel

Dr Yaseen Arabi obtained internal medicine training at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA (1992‒1994), where he was subsequently chief medical resident (1994‒1995). He obtained pulmonary and critical care training at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA (1995‒1998). In 1998, he joined King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is currently chairman of the Intensive Care Department and medical director of Respiratory Services. He is a professor at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and chair of the Saudi Critical Care Trials Group.  He has received multiple grants and is principal investigator of several clinical trials. His more than 300 publications include articles in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), JAMA, Lancet, Intensive Care Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He is an associate editor for Intensive Care Medicine and a reviewer for various international journals and granting agencies. He has received several international awards.

Katalin Balázsi is a head of the Thin Film Physics Department, Centre for Energy Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary. She obtained her PhD at the Slovak Technical University in 2005. Her research focuses on the development of different ceramics, mainly protective coatings, bioceramics and ceramics for tribological applications. She is a president of the Association of the Hungarian Women in Science, secretary of the Hungarian Society for Microscopy and council member of the European Ceramic Society. She has published more than 100 journal papers with 600 independent citations. She is working as a principal investigator (PI) in several national and EU FP7, M-ERANET projects, and currently supervises six  PhD students.  In 2018 the Association of the Hungarian Women in Science won the inaugural Nature Research Award for Innovating Science.

Elisa De Ranieri is the editor in chief at Nature Communications.  Elisa first joined Nature Communications as an editor in 2012. She spent the following six years in editorial roles at Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Energy, and as the head of editorial process and data analytics for the Nature-branded journals. Elisa rejoined Nature Communications in 2019 as editor-in-chief, responsible for the overall editorial strategy of the journal. With a background in electronics and physics, she obtained her PhD at the University of Cambridge and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory. Elisa is based in London.

Mariette DiChristina is executive vice president of editorial and publishing for Nature Research’s Magazines division — leading the award-winning global editorial teams of Nature, Nature Research’s Partnership & Custom Media and Scientific American, for which she also serves as editor-in-chief, appointed 2009. She was honoured as a “Corporate Visionary” in Folio’s 2014 Top Women in Digital Media. In 2011, she was selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is on the executive board of ScienceCounts. She is past president of the National Association of Science Writers in the USA as well as of Science Writers in New York, and was an adjunct professor and visiting scholar in the graduate Science, Health and Environmental Reporting programme at New York University for several years. Among her frequent appearances as a lecturer and moderator, she attends the World Economic Forum’s Davos and “Summer Davos” annual meetings as a media leader, supporting their science and innovation programming, especially around the challenges and opportunities of emerging technologies. She is based in New York.

Professor Godbole Rohini Madhusudan (Centre for High Energy Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru; BSc, (Pune University); MSc, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook; DLitt, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai) has been a staff associate (ICTP), visiting professor (University of Dortmund, Germany; CERN, Geneva;, DESY, Hamburg; University of Utrecht, Netherlands), and Van der Waals Chair (University of Amsterdam). She has authored ~300 particle phenomenology publications and is an elected fellow of the science academies of India and World Academy of Sciences.  She was associate then chief editor of Pramana - Journal of Physics (1998‒to 2016. Her many honours include the Padma Shri. She has worked on numerous projects to raise awareness about women in science.

Daniel Hook is CEO at Digital Science. He has held many positions within Digital Science since joining the business as co-founder of Symplectic, one of Digital Science’s first portfolio companies. Most recently, he has served as Director of Research Metrics, whilst also acting as interim COO of portfolio company, Figshare. Daniel was a PhD student in Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London before he joined Digital Science. In his free time Daniel continues to play an active part in theoretical physics research. His interests include PT-Symmetric quantum theory, quantum statistical mechanics and complex network theory.

Professor Julie Makani is in the Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS; http://www.muhas.ac.tz). She trained in medicine (Tanzania), internal medicine and holds a PhD in the clinical epidemiology of sickle cell disease (SCD; UK). She is a consultant physician, Wellcome Trust Fellow (2003–2017), Tutu Leadership Fellow (2011) and principal investigator (NIH; 2017–2022). She received the 2011 Royal Society Pfizer Award for her work in SCD as a model of translating genomic research into health benefits. She is a fellow of the UK Royal College of Physicians and the Tanzania Academy of Sciences.

Yadvinder Malhi is professor of ecosystem science at the University of Oxford. His research interests focus on how the biosphere responds to global change, and how management and protection of the biosphere can mitigate the effects of climate change. He as a particular focus on tropical forests, and coordinates an extensive network of observations across the tropics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and past President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.

Dr. Erika Marín-Spiotta is an associate professor of geography and an affiliate of the Departments of Soil Science and Forest and Wildlife Ecology and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research addresses biogeochemical and ecological effects of landscape disturbance due to changes in land use and climate, with a focus on terrestrial carbon cycling. Dr. Marín-Spiotta is a recipient of a CAREER award from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring from the American Geophysical Union and a Vilas Associate Research Award from UW-Madison. 

Lisa Napolione is senior vice president of global research & development, Estée Lauder Companies, with responsibilities for applied research, advanced technologies, and product design for all brands and laboratories. Previously, she held roles as global head of R&D for Novartis Consumer Health and R&D VP at Procter & Gamble. Her technical career has spanned pharmaceutical drug delivery, skin and beauty science. Lisa graduated from Clarkson University in Chemical Engineering and Biology, and she currently leads their Faculty Research Sub-Committee. She is an active mentor to students in STEM, is a Women in Technology sponsor and is a YMCA Rising Star.

Dr Nadine Pernodet, vice president, global research & development - skin biology & bioactives, leads the skin biology & bioactives groups for The Estée Lauder Companies and defines the future of skincare for global products, including the iconic Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. She has published over 50 articles and peer-reviewed scientific publications and is the holder of over 130 patents. Prior to her current position, she was an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in Materials Science, Molecular & Chemical Engineering, and continues her relationship as an adjunct professor. Originally from France, Dr Pernodet received her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the Louis Pasteur University.

Following her degree in Biomedical Science from Victoria University of Wellington, NZ, Mina Razzak received her PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Cambridge, UK, where she researched the synthesis of numerous polyketide natural products with anticancer properties. Following a postdoctoral research position at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, USA, she returned to the UK as an Assistant Editor for Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology and Nature Reviews Urology. She became an Associate Editor in 2013 and, following a locum role as Chief Editor of Nature Reviews Nephrology, Senior Editor in 2014. She is the launch Editor of Nature Reviews Disease Primers.

Sarah Shaw is Project Director for the UNESCO Newton Prize which recognises excellent research and innovation in support of economic development and social welfare in developing countries. Formally the Communications Director for WISE, the leading campaign for gender balance in science, technology and engineering in the UK. Sarah has extensive knowledge of the sector and what it takes to successfully engage with and inspire girls and young women to pursue education and employment in STEM. Sarah is also on the Board of Trustees for Remap, a charity that custom-makes bespoke equipment for disabled people, and for the Carers’ Resource, a charity providing support and advice to carers.

 

Editorial Steering Group

Dr Natascha Bushati, Senior Editor, Nature Communications

Fiona Carr, Associate Editor, Nature Communications

Dr Elisa De Ranieri, Editor in Chief, Nature Communications

Dr Nicky Dean, Chief Editor, Nature Energy

Mariette DiChristina, Executive Vice President, Editorial and Publishing, Magazines, for Magazine and Research Services

Elizaveta Dubrovina, Senior Editor, Nature Communications

Gabriella Graziano, Senior Editor, Nature Reviews Chemistry

Dr Marios Karouzos, Senior Editor, Nature Astronomy

Liesbet Lieben, Senior editor, Nature Reviews Disease Primers

Piao Li, Senior Communications and Marketing Executive, Nature Research

Dr Nina Meinzer, Senior Editor, Nature Communications

Dr Juliane Mossinger, Senior Editor, Nature

Heather Partner, Associate Editor, Nature Communications

Chiara Pastore, Senior Editor, Nature Nanotechnology

David Payne, Chief Careers Editor, Nature

Anne Pichon, Senior Editor, Nature Chemistry

Stephen Pincock, Vice President Editorial, Partnership and Custom Media, Springer Nature

Dr Mina Razzak, Chief Editor, Nature Reviews Disease Primers

Dr Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief, Nature

Dr Marian Turner, Senior Editor, Nature Ecology & Evolution

Helena Yang, Scientific Director, Springer Nature, Greater China