Announcing the 2015 Vilcek Prizewinners

It’s awards season again!  While Los Angeles is gearing up for the Oscars and the Grammys, we’re pleased to present the 9th annual Vilcek Prizes, honoring notable immigrants in the arts and sciences.  This year, we roll out the red carpet for eight groundbreaking professionals in biomedical science and in fashion, whose work covers everything from knitwear to microbiomes, and interdisciplinary fashion exhibitions to interdisciplinary cancer research. 

Vilcek Prize for Biomedical Science

Peter Walter
Professor, University of California, San Francisco

For his fundamental insights into the process of protein translocation within cells, and for uncovering signaling mechanisms that cells deploy while facing stress.


Vilcek Prize for Fashion

Andrew Bolton
Curator of the Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For a curatorial approach that combines a keen aesthetic with intellectual rigor, and that has elevated the field of fashion as an art form. 


Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

Sun Hur
Associate Professor, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School

For interdisciplinary studies on the molecular mechanisms of enzyme reactions and the innate immune system.


Rob Knight
Professor, University of California, San Diego

For groundbreaking research on microbial communities and the development of computational tools that honed the analysis of microbial data.


Franziska Michor
Professor, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard School of Public Health

For work that fuses evolutionary biology, mathematics, and clinical research toward a better understanding of cancer genesis and treatments. 



Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Fashion

Siki Im
Founder, Siki Im Studio

For menswear designs that draw inspiration from architecture, culture, politics, and psychology.


Natallia Pilipenka
Fashion Designer

For womenswear designs that mesh traditional craft with conceptual and cultural investigations.


Tuyen Tran
Fashion Designer

For designs that fuse environmental awareness and everyday functionality with a modern, minimal aesthetic. 


Stay tuned – we’ll be introducing each winner through a series of video interviews, articles, and more!

  • A Message from Jan and Marica Vilcek

    Our founders arrived as penniless refugees over fifty years ago, but with the kindness and opportunity they received in the United States, they went on to accomplish great things in biomedical science and art history. Read their statement on the recent executive order imposing a travel ban.