The Sigman Lectureship Award was established in 2002 to honor the memory of David Sigman, Professor in the Departments of Biological Chemistry and Chemistry and Biochemistry. Dr Sigman was a founding member and former Associate Director of the MBI and a leader in the field of chemical biology. His work uncovered the existence of nucleases and illuminated the molecular mechanisms of catalysis.
A permanently endowed fund, establishing the Sigman Lectureship Award was made possible by contributions from over 200 of David’s colleagues, friends, and family, in addition to corporate donors such as the Amgen Foundation, Eli Lilly and Company, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and Raytheon Systems Company. The award is presented as part of a scientific symposium, involving presentations by guest speakers and students and culminating in a keynote address by the Lectureship Award recipient.
The next Sigman Lectureship Award will be presented to biophysicist Yigong Shi, Ph.D. from Tsinghua University, Beijing, on October 19th, 2017.
2017 Xiaowei Zhuang, Ph.D. Harvard University
2016 Carlos Bustamante, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
2015 F. Ulrich Hartl, Ph.D., Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
2014 Randy Schekman, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
2013 Baldomero “Toto” Olivera, Ph.D., University of Utah, Salt Lake City
2012 William T. Wickner, M.D., Dartmouth Medical School
2011 Sir Alan Fersht, FRS, University of Cambridge, UK
2010 Susan Lindquist, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2009 JoAnne Stubbe, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2008 Steven L. McKnight, Ph.D., University of Texas South Western Medical Center
2007 Christopher T. Walsh, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
2006 Joseph L. Goldstein, M.D., University of Texas South Western Medical Center
2005 Anthony J. Pawson Ph.D., Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto
2004 Seth A. Darst Ph.D., Rockefeller University, New York
2003 Judith Klinman, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley