David Sabatini Receives Prestigious Molecular Biology Award

Whitehead Institute Member David Sabatini was among fifteen individuals honored by The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) this year for their extraordinary scientific achievements. Sabatini is the 2014 recipient of the NAS Award in Molecular Biology for his groundbreaking discoveries on the mTOR kinase pathway, including the signaling pathway’s role in nutrient sensing, cell physiology, and cancer.

Whitehead Institute has a long, distinguished history with the Award in Molecular Biology, which recognizes a recent notable discovery in molecular biology by a young scientist. Founding Director David Baltimore was so honored in 1974. Additional recipients from Whitehead Institute include: Gerald Fink (1981), Robert Weinberg (1984), Peter Kim (1993), and David Bartel (2005). Former Whitehead Fellows James Berger and Angelika Amon received the award in 2011 and 2008, respectively.

Sabatini will be honored in a ceremony on Sunday, April 27, during the National Academy of Sciences’ 151st annual meeting. He will receive a gold-plated bronze medal and a $25,000 prize.