Nancy Hopkins, pioneering biologist and advocate for gender equity in science, wins STAT Biomedical Innovation Award

Nancy Hopkins, an MIT professor who has made significant strides in molecular biology and a tireless advocate for gender equity in science, was named the recipient of STAT’s 2021 Biomedical Innovation Award on Tuesday.

“It’s very easy to forget how much progress there has been because we haven’t arrived where we’d like to be. So we see the problems that still lie ahead. But you periodically have to pause and say, ‘Oh, my gosh, look how far we came,’” said Hopkins at the 2021 STAT Summit, where she was honored for her work. The STAT award, now in its third year, honors biology and medicine researchers whose work has helped define their field. Hopkins was selected by STAT editors with input from outside experts, and received the award during the annual STAT Summit, a three-day event focused on health care. She is the second woman to receive the award, which was given last year to CRISPR researcher Jennifer Doudna.

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