The Christian B. Anfinsen Award

Christian B. Anfinsen
1916 – 1995

Established in 1996 and named for Nobel laureate Christain Boehmer Anfinsen, whose research on the structure and function of enzyme proteins contributed to the general acceptance of the “thermodynamic hypothesis”, The Christian B. Anfinsen Award recognizes significant technological achievements and/or methodological advancements in protein research.

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Dr. Sachdev Sidhu, winner of the 2015 Anfinsen Award.


The 2015 Christian B. Anfinsen Award recipient is Dr. Sachdev Sidhu (University of Toronto). Dr. Sidhu has advanced the field of protein engineering through pioneering advancement of phage display technology, creation and deployment of highly designed synthetic human antibody libraries, engineering ubiquitin to create tools for studying and manipulating the ubiquitin system, and a number of other groundbreaking approaches.  Dr. Sidhu’s work has led to significant technological advances in protein engineering, enabling development of cutting-edge basic research reagents and therapeutic candidates that will ultimately help to both decipher mechanisms of protein function and to provide new avenues of disease treatment.

History of The Christian B. Anfinsen Award

Past recipients of the Christian B. Anfinsen Award include: Robert Tycko (2014), Tom Alber (2013), Barry Honig (2012), D. Wayne Bolen (2011), Yoshinori Fujiyoshi (2010), Wayne Hubbell (2009), Carol Robinson(2008), Carl Frieden (2007), John R. Yates, III (2006), Matthias Mann (2005), Meir Wilchek (2004), Ada Yonath (2003), Roger Tsien (2002), Martin Karplus (2001), Stephen Benkovic (2000), Alan Fersht (1999), James Wells (1998), Wayne Hendrickson (1997), and Donald Hunt (1996).

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2016 nominations will be accepted starting in May, 2015.

The 2015 awards will be presented at the 29th Annual Symposium of The Protein Society in Barcelona, Spain (July 22-25, 2015).

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