E.B. Wilson Medal

About the Award

The E.B. Wilson Medal is presented to distinguished researchers for their far-reaching contributions to cell biology over a lifetime in science.

Award Details

In addition to the medal, the recipient will give the E.B. Wilson Lecture at Cell Bio 2024 - An ASCB|EMBO Meeting, a $1,000 stipend, and will receive complimentary meeting registration and abstract submission.

Who is Eligible

An individual who has demonstrated significant and far-reaching contributions to cell biology over a lifetime in science. Nominators and nominees must be ASCB members.

Selection Criteria

  • Candidate’s contributions to and impact on the field of cell biology
  • Candidate’s contributions to achieving additional areas of the ASCB mission
  • Candidate’s demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

How to Apply

Application deadline: Submissions are now closed for 2024.


Candidates may either self-apply or be nominated. If you are nominating another person please obtain all required documentation from the candidate prior to proceeding.

  1. A biosketch that follows the NIH (or similar format), no longer than 5 pages.
  2. A narrative statement of no more than 2 pages that focuses on the candidate’s research achievements as well as indicating their contributions to one or more other areas of ASCB’s mission: Advocating sound research policies, improving education, promoting professional development, or increasing diversity in the scientific workforce. The statement should be written by the candidate.
  3. Two letters of support, neither longer than 2 pages. At least one of the supporting letters must be from someone who is neither a collaborator, former trainee, nor mentor of the candidate; and who is at a different institution than the candidate.  The letters of support should explicitly address whether a nominee’s professional conduct over their career embodies the principles and expectations noted in the Community Code of Conduct and Honorific Code of Conduct.

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Please Note

  1. ASCB wants to ensure that the pool of award candidates is as diverse and inclusive as possible. The demographic questions are for internal reporting only and are not viewable by award reviewers. The questions are not mandatory, however we would appreciate your responses so that we can assess our level of inclusivity.
  2. As a founder of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) ASCB does not use journal impact factors or other journal-based metrics in the evaluation process for its awards. ASCB looks at an individual’s research contributions and impact on the field, rather than the prestige of the journals where work is published.

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Award Winners

  • 2023—Tom Misteli
  • 2022—Donald Cleveland
  • 2021—Pietro De Camilli
  • 2020—Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
  • 2019—Peter Devreotes
  • 2018—Barbara Meyer
  • 2017—Ulrich Hartl
  • 2017—Arthur Horwich
  • 2016—Mina Bissell
  • 2015—Elaine V. Fuchs
  • 2014—William. R. Brinkley, John E. Heuser, and Peter Satir
  • 2013—John R. Pringle
  • 2012—Susan L. Lindquist
  • 2011—Gary G. Borisy, J. Richard McIntosh, and James A. Spudich
  • 2010—Stuart Kornfeld, James Rothman, and Randy Schekman
  • 2009—Peter Walter
  • 2008—Martin Chalfie and Roger Tsien
  • 2007—Richard O. Hynes and Zena Werb
  • 2007—Joel Rosenbaum
  • 2005—Joan Steitz
  • 2004—Thomas Pollard
  • 2003—Marc Kirschner
  • 2002—Avram Hershko and Alexander Varshavsk
  • 2001—Elizabeth Blackburn
  • 2000—Walter Neupert and Gottfried Schatz
  • 1999—Edwin Taylor
  • 1998—James Darnell and Sheldon Penman
  • 1997—John C. Gerhart
  • 1996—Donald D. Brown
  • 1995—Bruce Nicklas
  • 1994—Barbara Gibbons and Ian Gibbons
  • 1993—Hans Ris
  • 1992—Shinya Inoue
  • 1991—S. Jonathan Singer
  • 1990—Morris Karnovsky
  • 1989—Christian de Duve
  • 1988—Elizabeth Hay
  • 1987—Marilyn Farquhar
  • 1986—Gunter Blobel and D. Sabatini
  • 1985—H. Swift
  • 1984—H. Eagle and T. Puck
  • 1983—Joseph Gall and H. Huxley
  • 1982—C. Leblond and A. Novikoff
  • 1981—Daniel Mazia, George Palade, and Keith Porter