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General physiologists

Cranefield Postdoc and Student Awards

To encourage diligent young scientists, the SGP has created an awards program which recognizes excellence in physiology. In addition to our Symposium awards, the SGP also supports both aspiring and independent young investigators through its traditional Cranefield Award and two new awards.

The Paul F. Cranefield postdoctoral Fellow and Student Awards

(click here for past award winners)

In 2005, SGP instituted two new Paul F. Cranefield awards, one each to be given annually to a deserving postdoctoral fellow and a graduate student who are the first authors of manuscripts published in Journal of General Physiology. In truly exceptional cases, undergraduate students will be considered for a third award.

To be considered for such an award, the candidate must have had a major role in the planning, execution, and analysis of the results - and contributed significantly to the writing. Candidates shall write a one-page summary of the work, emphasizing its overall significance and describing specifically his or her contributions to the research and writing, and email it to admin@sgpweb.org.

Awardees will receive $1000 in addition to being featured on the Society's website.

2016 Postdoc Cranefield Award
Balázs Toth, Ph.D.
is a postdoctoral fellow at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary, working with Dr. László Csanády. His awarded paper is entitled Ruling out pyridine dinucleotides as true TRPM2 channel activators reveals novel direct agonist ADP-ribose-2′-phosphate.

  2016 Graduate Student Cranefield Award
Osama Harraz, Ph.D.
is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Vermont, working with Dr. Mark Nelson. His award winning paper is entitled Cav1.2/Cav3.x channels mediate divergent vasomotor responses in human cerebral arteries

2015 Postdoc Cranefield Award

David MacLean is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas in Houston working with Dr. Vasanthi Jayaraman. He has been combining rapid perfusion and electrophysiology methods with fluorescent measurements of conformational change to understand the mechanisms of ionotropic Glutamate receptor modulation by auxiliary proteins. He is currently using these methods to investigate the gating behavior of Acid Sensing Ion Channels.

Student Cranefield Award 2014 2015 Graduate Cranefield Award

Rui Guo is a PhD candidate working in doctor Sheng Ye's lab at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou. She is interested in ion channel selectivity and ligand-gating. Her current research focuses on using MthK, a Ca2+-gated K+ channel from Methanobacterium thermoautotrophicum, as a model system to address fundamental questions in the K+ channel field, based on a combination of structural and functional approaches.

Cranefield Student Award 2015 Undergraduate Cranefield Award

Eugene Palovcak completed his undergraduate studies at Temple University where he performed a bioinformatic analysis of the voltage-sensor domain, the results of which were published in JGP. He is broadly interested in how the evolution of molecular structure and function ultimately shapes physiology. He is currently a graduate student at UCSF where he is studying single-particle cryo-electron microscopy.


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SGP Traditional Cranefield Award

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