ISME15 Awardees


ISME is extremely pleased to announce that the 2014 Jim Tiedje Award winner is Prof. Dr. Nancy Moran, University of Texas at Austin, USA. Furthermore, Dr. Ruth Ley, Cornell University, USA, has been awarded the 2014 ISME Young Investigators Award. Congratulations to both winners! 

Also a big congratulations to all winners of the awards for best post-doc talk (Tom Brock Awards), the poster awards (Poster Awards, DC White Award, Bill Costerton Award and MoBio Award) and all our travel grant winners. Below is a list of all our award winners of ISME15.

The ISME Young Investigators Award

Ruth Ley, Cornell University, USA

Ruth E. Ley, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She was trained in ecology and natural history at the University of California Berkeley (B.A.) and in ecosystem science and soil microbial ecology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she worked with Dr. Steve Schmidt (Ph.D.). Her post doctoral research was first with Dr. Norman Pace, working on highly diverse hypersaline microbial mats. She then transitioned to working with Dr. Jeffrey Gordon on the microbial ecology of obesity at Washington University School of Medicine. She is an author on 4 of the 10 most highly cited papers on the human microbiome. Her interdisciplinary group at Cornell works on the human microbiome at different scales of analysis, including large-scale genetic studies in human to discover novel pathways of interaction between host and microbiome, and mechanistic studies of those interactions using germfree mice as a tool to assemble and interrogate specific microbiotas. Dr. Ley’s awards have included the Hartwell Investigator Award, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award, a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship, and an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award.

The Tiedje Award

Nancy Moran, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Nancy A. Moran obtained a B.A. from the University of Texas in 1976 and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1982. From 1986 to 2010, she served on the faculty of the University of Arizona, where she was a Regents’ Professor. From 2010 to 2013, she was the William H. Fleming Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale. Since August 2013, she has been a Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Moran has investigated the evolution of bacterial genomes and of symbiotic associations between bacteria and insects. She has shown that intimate symbiotic associations date to the origins of major groups of organisms, and she has used genomic and experimental work to show that these associations provide hosts with essential molecules and defenses. She also works on general principles involving the evolution of genomes in bacteria. Currently she investigates heritable bacterial symbionts in insects and also specialized gut communities of bees. She has published over 200 scientific papers, most of them about symbiosis.

Moran has received a number of recognitions for her research. She was appointed as a Fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 1997. She served as President of the Society for the Study of Evolution in 2000, was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 2004, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004, the American Academy of Microbiology in 2004, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007. In 2010, she was awarded the International Prize for Biology by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. 


Tom Brock Awards
Jean-Baptiste Raina, AIMS, Australia 
Jillian Waters, Cornell University, USA

Poster Awards
Nanako Horimoto, University of Sydney, Australia
Jessica Koopman, Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam, Netherlands
Masaru Nobu, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, United States
Tsubaru Ohbayashi, Hokkaido University, Japan
Robin Rohwer, University of Wisconsin, USA
Vincent Scola, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Jiyeon Si, Seoul National University, South Korea
Sofie Thijs, Hasselt University, Belgium
Lei Xiong, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

DC White Award
Tsubaru Ohbayashi, Hokkaido University, Japan

Bill Costerton Award
Robin Rohwer, University of Wisconsin, USA

MoBio Award
Sofie Thijs, Hasselt University, Belgium

ISME Travel Awards
Nurdyana Abdul Rahman, University of Queensland, Australia
Aya Brown Kav, ARO / Tel Aviv University, Israel
Timothy Bush, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Jesse Colangelo-Lillis, McGill University, Canada
Paul D'Agostino, University of New South Wales, Australia
Mette Damgaard, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Bryony Dignam, Lincoln University, New Zealand
Gregory Donaldson, Caltech, USA
Flavia Flaviani, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Mark Fox-Powell, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Esther Gies, University of British Columbia, Canada
Kelly Gravuer, University of California, Davis, USA
Connie W.Y. Ha, University of Sydney, Australia
Man-Young Jung, Chungbuk National University, South Korea
Seok-Won Kim, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, Japan
Jessica Koopman, Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cory Krediet, Stanford University, USA
James M Kremer, Michigan State University, USA
Ashish Malik, Max Planck Unstitute University, USA
Celia Méndez-García, University of Oviedo, Spain
Lauren Messer, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Jaewook Myung, Stanford University, USA
Ben Oyserman, University of Wisconsin, USA
Donald Pan, University of Nebraska Lincoln, USA
Nastassia Patin, University of California, San Diego, USA
Leonardo Pitombo, Instituto Agronomico de Campinas, Brazil
Hagai Raanan, The Hebrew University, Israel
Alice Roy-Bolduc, Université de Montréal, Canada
Alexander T. Tveit, University of Tromsø, Norway
Patricia Vaz, INIA - Las Brujas, Uruguay
Julia Vierheilig, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Yichao Wu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Lei Xiong, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Jia Xu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Wenkai Yan, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Hang Yu, California Institute of Technology, USA