Early Career Award

The Early Career Award was instituted by the Society in 2005 to recognize outstanding research by scientists at the beginnings of their careers. This award is a monetary award made annually for exceptionally creative, independent contributions by an individual, whether or not a member of the Society, who is generally not more than seven years post-Ph.D. on January 1st of the year of the presentation. Breaks in careers will be considered when addressing the time limit of this award.

2018 Winner

The Early Career Award acknowledges outstanding research by a scientist generally not more than seven years post-Ph.D. This year’s Early Career Award recipient is Guarav Moghe.

Gaurav Moghe

The ASPB Early Career Award is bestowed to Gaurav Moghe (assistant professor in the Section of Plant Biology at Cornell University). Gaurav obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mumbai and Baroda, respectively, and in 2013 his PhD investigating gene content evolution in plant genomes with Shin-Han Shiu at Michigan State University. Gaurav’s postdoctoral work with Robert Last at Michigan State focused on the natural diversity and evolution of plant metabolites, with a particular emphasis on specialized metabolism in non-model species. His postdoctoral work resulted in first-author publications in eLife, Plant Physiology, and The Plant Cell. In 2017 he began his own research laboratory at Cornell focused on the predictive, computational, and physiological analysis of the evolution of plant chemical diversity.


R. Keith Slotkin, Chair (2017-2020)
Julia Santiago Cuellar, Past Winner (2017-2018)
Lucia Strader (2017-2020)
Hiroshi Maeda (2017-2020)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison

Nominations & Deadlines

The Early Career Award will be offered again in 2018. Please check the nominations page in January 2018 to make a nomination.

Past Winners

2017 Julia Santiago Cuellar

2016 Cora MacAlister and Jin Suk Lee

2015 Daniel Chitwood

2014 Jing-Ke Weng

2013 Michael Gore

2012 Michael Nodine

2011 Ravi Maruthachalam

2010 R. Keith Slotkin

2009 Siobhan Brady

2008 Ping He

2007 Elena Shpa

2006 Simon Chan

2005 Shin-ya Miyagishima