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2nd Chi-Bin Chien Award

posted Feb 21, 2014, 11:41 AM by Flavio Zolessi

Award Announcement


This is to announce the 2nd Chi-Bin Chien Award, nominations for which are due March 26, 2014.


The Chi-Bin Chien Award has been established by the zebrafish research community and GSA in memory of Dr. Chi-Bin Chien (1965 – 2011). Chi-Bin was Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah and served the international zebrafish community in numerous ways, including his service as Director of the Zebrafish Neural Development and Genetics Course at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory and as an organizer of the International Conference on Zebrafish Genetics and Development. The Award will celebrate Chi-Bin’s enthusiasm and love for the discussion of scientific ideas and the good things that grow out of interactions and open discourse among scientists, his efforts to mentor and support the development of young scientists, and the collaborative and generous spirit with which he contributed to the advance of research with the zebrafish. The award will be given to an outstanding graduate student, postdoctoral trainee, or recently appointed faculty member from any country who has made significant contributions to the field of zebrafish research and has exhibited the generosity and openness that characterized and motivated Chi-Bin. The awardee will be granted a cash award and international recognition as an invited speaker at the biennial International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics.



Nominations for the Chi-Bin Chien Award should be submitted by the candidate’s PhD or post-doctoral mentor by e-mail by March 26, 2014 to The application package should be a single PDF file that includes:

  1. A one-page statement from the nominee describing his/her research and its importance to the advancement of zebrafish research.
  2. The nominee's C.V.
  3. Letter of recommendation from the mentor
  4. Letter of recommendation from one additional scholar who is familiar with the research being described in the application.


The 2014 Chi-Bin Chien Award Committee

Michael Granato, University of Pennsylvania Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Philadelphia.

David Grunwald, University of Utah Deptartment of Genetics, Salt Lake City.

Graham Lieschke, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University, Australia.

Cecilia Moens, Division of Basic Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle.

Stephan Neuhauss, Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, University of Zurich.

David Raible, University of Washington Department of Biological Structure, Seattle.

Mary Mullins, University of Pennsylvania Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Philadelphia.


This award will be funded by donations from members of the scientific community who wish to contribute in Chi-Bin Chien’s memory. Please make your tax-deductible contribution online via the Genetics Society of America or by sending a check made payable to the Genetics Society of America, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814-3998 USA; please add ‘Chien Award’ to the subject line. The GSA link to the donation page is: