Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences 2022

Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences 2022

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David Baker, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, Demis Hassabis, and John Jumper, both DeepMind Technologies Limited, London, UK, have received the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences 2022 for procedures to predict highly accurate three-dimensional structures of protein molecules from their amino-acid sequences. The work of the three researchers has solved a long-standing question in biology: Can we predict how a protein folds simply based on its amino acid sequence? Their computational approaches provide highly accurate models of protein folds.

The prize is presented annually to recognize contributions that have opened new fields of research or have advanced concepts in a particular biomedical discipline. It includes USD 50,000 of prize money. The award was presented at a prize luncheon at Rockefeller University, New York, USA, on April 1, 2022.

David Baker received his Ph.D. in biochemistry under the supervision of Randy Schekman at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and did postdoctoral work in biophysics working with David Agard at the University of California, San Francisco, USA. Today, Baker serves as Head of the Institute for Protein Design and The Henrietta and Aubrey Davis Endowed Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Washington.

Among many other honors, Baker has received the 2008 Sackler International Prize in Biophysics, the Biochemical Society Centenary Award in 2012, the Protein Society Hans Neurath Award in 2018, and the 2021 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Demis Hassabis
studied computer science at the University of Cambridge, UK. He worked as a programmer and game designer before receiving his Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from University College London (UCL), UK, in 2009. Hassabis is the CEO and co-founder of DeepMind, a machine learning AI startup that was founded in London in 2010 together with Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman. In 2014, Google purchased DeepMind. DeepMind’s tool AlphaFold aims to accurately predict protein structures.

Among many other honors, Hassabis has received the Mullard Award of the Royal Society in 2014 and the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in 2016 and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2018. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Arts, and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

John Jumper studied mathematics and physics at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA, physics at Cambridge University, UK, and chemistry at the University of Chicago, IL, USA, where he received his Ph.D. in 2017. Among other honors, John Jumper was featured in Nature‘s “Ten people who helped shape science in 2021”.

Selected Publications by David Baker

Selected Publications by Demis Hassabis

Selected Publications by John Jumper

Selected Publications by Demis Hassabis and John Jumper

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