The 1st Tsuneko & Reiji Okazaki Award


Feng Zhang






Core Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Investigator, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT

W.M. Keck Career Development Professor in Biomedical Engineering, MIT

Assistant Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT

Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering, MIT

New York Stem Cell Foundation-Robertson Investigator

Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows, Harvard


Core Faculty Member, Broad Inst of MIT and Harvard

Investigator, McGovern Institute

W.M. Keck Career Development Professor in Biomedical Engineering, MI



1)   Elucidation of genetic basis of neurological and psychiatric diseases

2)   Development of novel therapeutic strategies that address the root cause and not just the symptoms of diseases









2015   New York Stem Cell Foundation – Robertson Stem Cell Prize Recipient

2014   Young Investigator Award, Society for Neuroscience (for CRISPR-Cas9 and Optogenetics)

2014   Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine (for CRISPR-Cas9, shared with Emmanuelle

           Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna)

2014   Cell “40 under 40”

2014   International Society for Transgenic Technologies Young Investigator Award

2014   MIT Technology 10 Breakthrough Technologies

2014   Alan T. Waterman Award (for CRISPR-Cas9 and Optogenetics)

2013   Nature’s 10 People Who Mattered in 2013

2013   MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Award

2013   Popular Science Brilliant 10 Award

2013   Vallee Foundation Young Investigator Award

2012   NIH Director’s Pioneer Award

2012   W. M. Keck Foundation Medical Research Award

2012   Klingenstein Fellowship, Searle Scholar Award

2012   Perl/UNC Neuroscience Prize (for optogenetics)

2011   Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Technology Innovation Award

2011   McKnight Foundation Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award

2010   Nature Medicine/Roche Junior Award for Translational Neuroscience

2008   Larry M. Katz Memorial Lecture at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories for Best Graduate Thesis

2007   Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (2007)



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A.B., Harvard College

Ph.D, Stanford University