Whiterock Serendipity Award

This award is annually given to two young researchers or two groups of young researchers who have made serendipitous discoveries or have developed serendipity-enabling technologies. Awardees are determined by the coordinators' evaluation of Serendipity Lab members' publications in the applicable year. Both the announcement of the awardees and the award ceremony are held at the annual Serendipity Symposium. The award comes with a certificate and $200. The award is sponsored by White Rock Foundation.



Awardees of 2021


Whiterock Serendipity Award 2021 is given to the first authors of two serendipitous papers published in 2021: Pan Cheng et al., "Direct control of store-operated calcium channels by ultrafast laser", Cell Research 31, 758 (2021); Masako Nishikawa*, Hiroshi Kanno*, Yuqi Zhou* et al., "Massive image-based single-cell profiling reveals high levels of circulating platelet aggregates in patients with COVID-19", Nature Communications 12, 7135 (2021); * = co-first authors.

Pan Cheng

Graduate Student
New York University
USA

Masako Nishikawa

Assistant Professor
Univ. of Tokyo Hospital
Japan

Hiroshi Kanno

Graduate Student
Univ. of Tokyo
Japan

Yuqi Zhou

Graduate Student
Univ. of Tokyo
Japan