Announcing the winners of the
2016 Vilcek Prizes
in Biomedical Science and Theatre

Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science

Dan R. Littman

For a wealth of insights on HIV pathogenesis, the specificity of the human immune response, and the interplay of the immune system with the human microbiome.

Vilcek Prize in Theatre

Blanka Zizka

For leadership that established Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater as an institution of national significance, a singular artistic vision, and acclaimed direction of contemporary theatre.

Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

Fernando Camargo

For unraveling the mechanism of blood cell production and uncovering crucial cellular signaling mechanisms implicated in cancer treatment and regenerative medicine.

Roberta Capp

For uncovering barriers to health care access and delivery in the United States and exploring innovative methods to improve the accessibility and quality of health care.

Houra Merrikh

For demonstrating how conflicts between life-sustaining cellular machines involved in genome duplication and gene expression can accelerate evolution.

Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre

Sarah Benson

For directing and producing new works in immersive stagings that have made New York’s Soho Rep into a leading destination for contemporary drama.

Desdemona Chiang

For daring interpretations of new plays and classics, and for the establishment of Azeotrope, a theatre company with a focus on marginalized populations.

Yi Zhao

For innovative lighting designs that transform space and time in productions at national theatres and experimental venues alike.