This is a new award that is highly prestigious and given to one younger scientist a year. The last two awardees were Karl Deisseroth for opto-genetics and Jennifer Doudna for CRISPR, so very good company for Jeannie! The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has selected Jeannie T. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., as the 2016 winner of the Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences for uncovering the functions of long, noncoding RNA (lncRNA) in epigenetic regulation. Her work has accelerated the understanding of mechanisms driving epigenetic regulation, which involves changes in gene function without changing the DNA sequence.

http://fnih.org/news/press-releases/2016-lurie-prize

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/02/prweb13218105.htm