George Streisinger Award

George Streisinger

About the Award

The International Zebrafish Society (IZFS) established the George Streisinger Award to honor Dr. Streisinger's outstanding contribution to the field. The award recognizes a senior investigator who has done sustained and foundational work that has opened new possibilities within the zebrafish field that benefit all research today.

George Streisinger (1927-1984) was the founding father of zebrafish research. Working at the University of Oregon in the 1970s and early 1980s, George Streisinger established a zebrafish research colony and developed the first methods for mutagenesis and mutant screening with the goal of studying the development of the nervous system through genetic analysis. George Streisinger’s enthusiasm for the zebrafish and its potential for understanding vertebrate development was infectious. After his untimely death in 1984, his work on this still-nascent model organism was continued and taken in new directions by colleagues at the University of Oregon and around the world.

Who the Award Recognizes

Senior investigators in the zebrafish community who have made outstanding and continued contributions to the advancement of the field.

Among the criteria that may be considered:

  • Contributions in the form of conceptual advances that have opened important new research directions
  • Development of tools or resources that have been transformative in enabling new research possibilities
  • Service to the Zebrafish research community

Who Can Submit Nominations?

Members of the zebrafish community are invited to submit nominations for the George Streisinger Award.

General Nomination Procedures

Nominations should be submitted by e-mail with the subject line “George Streisinger Award” to The email should include a single PDF file that contains:

  1. A statement (up to one page) written by the nominators describing the key contributions of the nominee to the field.
  2. The statement must be co-signed by two or more IZFS members who support the nomination.
  3. A list of up to ten publications or links to online resources or databases that illustrate the central contributions of the nominee to the field.

Award Winner Expectations

  • Award recipient is expected to present a talk during a plenary session at the IZFC.
  • IZFS has the right to use the award recipient’s photo and information for promotional purposes.

Awardee Will Receive

  • A personalized engraved award
  • Travel Award
  • Recognition on the IZFS website

Important Dates

Nominations are generally accepted annually in January, with awardees being notified in March

George Streisinger Award Winners

2023 Winner - John Postlethwait, PhD, University of Oregon, USA

2022 Winners - Bernard and Christine Thisse, PhD, USA

2021 Winner – Nancy Hopkins, PhD, MIT, USA

2020 Winner – Alexander Schier, PhD, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

2019 Winner – Wolfgang E. Driever, PhD, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

2018 Winner – Monte Westerfield, PhD University of Oregon USA

2017 Winner – Christiane C. Nuesslein-Volhard, PhD, MPI for Developmental Biology Tuebingen  Germany

2016 Winner - Charles Kimmel, PhD, University of Oregon USA

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