Keith R. Porter Lecture

About the Award

This lecture, named in memory of Keith R. Porter, is presented by an eminent cell biologist each year at the ASCB/EMBO Meeting. The ASCB Program Committee and the ASCB President recommend the Porter Lecturer to the Porter Endowment each year.

Who is Eligible

Nominees for and recipients of ASCB honorific awards and prizes are expected to exemplify and to continue to exemplify the highest standards of professional conduct. Letters of support should explicitly address whether a nominee's professional conduct over their career embodies the principles and expectations noted in ASCB’s Mission Statement, the Anti-Harassment Policy and the Workforce Diversity Statement.

As a founder of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA https://sfdora.org/) , the ASCB does not use journal impact factors or other journal-based metrics in the evaluation process for its award candidates. The ASCB looks at an individual’s research contributions and impact on the field, rather than the prestige of the journals where work is published.

How to Apply

There is no application process for this award. The ASCB Program Committee and the ASCB President recommend the Porter Lecturer to the Porter Endowment each year.

Award Winners

  • 2018—Ruth Lehmann
  • 2017—Scott Emr
  • 2016—Eva Nogales
  • 2015—Jonathan S. Weissman
  • 2014—Michael P. Sheetz
  • 2013—Timothy J. Mitchison
  • 2012—Ari Helenius
  • 2011—Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
  • 2010—Tom Rapoport
  • 2009—Ronald Vale
  • 2008—Joseph Gall
  • 2007—Lucille Shapiro
  • 2006—Joseph Schlessinger
  • 2005—Randy Schekman
  • 2004—Edward Salmon
  • 2003—Roger Tsien
  • 2002—Eric Wieschaus
  • 2001—Susan Lindquist
  • 2000—Joan Massague
  • 1999—Elizabeth Blackburn
  • 1998—James Spudich
  • 1997—Pietro DeCamilli
  • 1996—Elaine Fuchs
  • 1995—Leland Hartwell
  • 1994—James Darnell
  • 1993—Masatoshi Takeichi
  • 1992—Joan Steitz
  • 1991—Christiane Nusslein-Volhard
  • 1990—Kai Simons
  • 1989—Thomas Pollard
  • 1988—Marc Kirschner
  • 1987—Michael S. Brown and Joseph L. Goldstein
  • 1986—Gunter Blobel
  • 1985—John Heuser
  • 1984—David D. Sabatini
  • 1983—J. Richard McIntosh
  • 1982—Lewis G. Tilney