About the Prize

The Kimberly Prize in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, given by by Kimberly Querrey in honor of her late husband Lou Simpson, is awarded every year by the Simpson Querrey Institute for Epigenetics and administered by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and includes a monetary prize of $250,000.

As a condition of the award, the prize recipient will deliver a public lecture on the Northwestern University Feinberg campus in Chicago, visit with faculty, fellows and students and attend an honorific dinner.


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

Nominations may be submitted via the website. A committee comprised of the Dean of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, the Director of Simpson Querrey Institute for Epigenetics and other luminaries will review nominations annually.

Important Dates

The first Kimberly Prize in Molecular Genetics will be awarded during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Contact Us

For questions related to the nomination process, please contact SQE@northwestern.edu