Alumnus is first recipient of new prize
Daniel Streicker (PhD ’11), shown holding a common vampire bat in the Peruvian Andes, was named the first grand prize winner of the new Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists. He received the prize, which includes a $25,000 honorarium, Dec. 9 in Stockholm. A research fellow at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, Streicker studies the ecology and evolution of emerging infectious diseases. Working with rabies virus in bats, he explores questions about when, where and how viruses jump from one host species to another. His findings not only answer basic scientific questions but have real-world implications for public health, agriculture and wildlife conservation. The award was created by Science, a publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and SciLifeLab, a center for molecular bioscience focused on health and the environment.