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Each year two prizes are awarded annually, made possible by generous gifts from the Zucker family.  The Milton O. and Natalie V. Zucker Prize is awarded annually to a woman scientist for outstanding research in any department of Tufts Medical School. The Zucker Family Prize is awarded annually to any member of the TUSM faculty for outstanding research.

This year’s recipient of the Milton O and Natalie V Zucker Prize is Joan Mecsas, PhD, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology. Dr. Mecsas was recognized for her outstanding work in the area of bacterial – host interaction. Dr. Mecsas joined our faculty 18 years ago and has advanced our understanding of the way bacterial toxins affect pathogenesis. Her research is highly regarded both nationally and internationally as providing insights into both fundamental and clinical questions in infectious disease.

This year’s recipient of the Zucker Family Prize is Doug Brugge, PhD, Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine. Dr. Brugge was recognized for his outstanding work in the area of environmental health. He came to Tufts in the 1990s and has worked in several areas related to research application and translation in the public health arena. His work on traffic-related pollution exemplifies the broad reach of his research. This work builds on biological fundamentals as well as community-based prevention studies and touches both local and national communities.

Please join us in congratulating these two most deserving and outstanding members of the Tufts research community.