Yale geneticist honored for ‘creative promise’

January 27, 2014

Antonio Giraldez, associate professor of genetics and director of graduate studies, won one of three 2014 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science.

Giraldez’s award-winning research focuses on microRNAs and other non-coding RNAs. He discovered a novel microRNA, miR-430, that is a key regulator of early embryonic development, defined how microRNAs work to regulate their targets, and more recently discovered the stem cell factors that activate gene expression in the fertilized egg.

Giraldez was born in Spain and came to the United States for his postdoctoral work at New York University School of Medicine and Harvard. His research has previously earned him a 2007 John Kendrew Young Investigator Award, a 2007 Lois E. and Franklin H. Top Jr., Yale Scholar Award, and a 2008 Pew Scholar in biomedical sciences award.

The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise are awarded to a younger generation of immigrant artists and scientists who have demonstrated exceptional achievements; each prize includes a $35,000 award.

All Vilcek prizewinners will be honored at a ceremony in New York City in April.