Amon, who hails from Austria, is also the Kathleen and Curtis Marble Professor of Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was one of two immigrants who win this year. Those who are considered “have made lasting contributions to American society.” She was honored for her influential work in cell biology and cancer research; her research on how errors in cell division can cause aneuploidy, or an abnormal number of chromosomes in a cell, has increased the potential for new, targeted treatments for various cancers.
“I congratulate Angelika on receiving this award that recognizes scientists who moved to the US and contribute in a major way to scientific research,” said CSHL President and CEO Dr. Bruce Stillman. “Angelika’s contributions to understanding chromosome biology have been at the highest level of science. We are also pleased that she is a valued advisor to CSHL research.”
The Vilcek Foundation’s recognition of Amon follows her win of a 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, an award also received by CSHL Professor Adrian Krainer.