The Kimberly Prize in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

The Kimberly Prize in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, given by Kimberly Querrey in honor of her late husband, Lou Simpson, is awarded every year by the Simpson Querrey Institute for Epigenetics to a scientist who has made outstanding research contributions into the molecular basis of life with a direct demonstrated link of their discovery into clinic for the betterment of humankind. This annual prize of $250,000 is given by the Simpson Querrey Institute for Epigenetics and administered by the Feinberg School of Medicine. As a condition of the award, the prize recipient will deliver a public lecture on the Feinberg campus in Chicago, visit with faculty, fellows and students, and attend an honorific dinner.

Eligibility

Scientists with outstanding contributions of their research into the molecular basis of life with a direct demonstrated link of their discovery into clinic for the betterment of humankind.

Selection Process

A committee comprised of the dean of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, the director of the Simpson Querrey Institute for Epigenetics and other luminaries will review nominations annually in the spring and award the Kimberly Prize in Molecular Genetics to an individual in the fall.

Important Dates

The first Kimberly Prize in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics will be awarded in 2022. For questions related to the nomination process, please contact SQE@northwestern.edu.

About Us

Our Benefactor

This prize is made possible by a generous gift from Kimberly Querrey in honor of her late husband, Lou Simpson, who passed away in 2022. Simpson, a life trustee of Northwestern, was a great friend of the university. In recognition of their incredible generosity, the Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center was named in their honor in 2019, along with the Simpson Querrey Institute for Epigenetics and the Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics. Read more about Simpson's life.

Lou Simpson

About Feinberg

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine develops exceptional physicians, educators and scientists though mentorship and education. Our programs and faculty encourage innovation, inquiry and compassion. Feinberg is also the center of the extensive research enterprise of Northwestern Medicine. Learn more about Feinberg programs, research and more

The Simpson Querrey Institute for Epigenetics develops foundational insights about how environmental conditions impact the human genome. Learn more about the institute.

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