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Best Lab Manager Award

2020 Winner Announced!

Congratulations to this years winner of the Best Lab Manager Award

Otto Braeunling, Heidelberg University, Germany

"Winning this award is a wonderful surprise for me and this was only possible with the best lab team, which makes our lab an enjoyable place to work"

Otto received hundreds of votes from colleagues and friends who all appreciate his hard work as a lab manager. Otto has won a $1000 research grant and a lab care package.

Proteintech would like to thank everyone for their nominations and participation in the voting campaign. Proteintech offers several awards and travel grants throughout the year, so keep checking back for more exciting contests!

Best Lab Manager Award 2020 Finalists

Kate Fisher, University of Manchester, UK

“Kate our the fairy godmother of the lab. She does all the small and little jobs, no matter if you notice them or not, without complaining. Without her the lab would fall apart.”

Otto Braeunling, Heidelberg University, Germany

“In addition to be the laboratory manager for 5 groups in the Neurobiology department, he is in charge of the local Neuroscience PhD program, the annual retreat, organizes courses for bachelor and master students and coordinates a consortium of over 60 independent groups (IZN). If there is a problem, we all refer to Otto, and somehow, he manages to make everything work, while still remaining an extremely pleasant person. I think he is more than deserving of this award and I enthusiastically nominate him!”

Amy Roberts,  University of Massachusetts Amherst, US

“Amy is an amazing lab technician and manager with a heart of gold. Amy's expertise was extremely helpful to me, an undergraduate student, when she taught me how to perform new experiments, such as whole mount staining. She allowed me to try each step on the protocol on my own and periodically checked in to see how I was doing.

Amy is able to quickly troubleshoot when experiments take an unexpected turn and also explain the reasoning behind the next steps she proposes. She explains concepts with the patience of an angel, until I completely understand, and is always open for questions.”

Vipul Bhakta, Barts Cancer Institute, UK

“Simply put, Vipul is the best labmanager I have ever worked with in my 30 years in research. There is no task he cannot undertake effectively and no problem that cannot be addressed. Also, more often than not his problem-solving skills benefit of all researchers involved, both student and staff alike. He is an invaluable and integral member of our research family here at Queen Mary university/Barts Cancer Institute and is held in great esteem and affection for his hard work and kind and generous nature…”

Lisa Del Bel Belluz, Imperial College, UK

“She has fantastic organization skills, she makes sure that reagents are in stock and that all equipment are working properly and when something needs repairing or replacing, she deals with it immediately. Lisa is also an excellent scientist, she supervises students and she contributes to several projects running in the laboratory. Lisa goes much beyond the duties of the labmanager role because of her extreme dedication and passion for science. For instance, it happened several times that in the middle of the night she went running to the laboratory because of a freezer failure and she spent the night transferring precious samples in a working freezer…”

The award

The lab can be a chaotic place. Great lab managers keep the chaos at bay and make sure that science is as efficient as possible in the lab. They are renaissance men and women in charge of budgeting, handling copious administrative responsibilities, writing grants, training new lab members, and on top of all that, making vital contributions to research. This award recognizes those lab managers who go above and beyond the call of duty.

The prize

Proteintech is offering a  $1000 award    and a care package (Award plaque, notebook, pen, commemorative mug and $100 Visa gift card) for the most outstanding lab manager.

All finalists will receive a Kindle.


Nominees must be lab managers based in a research laboratory in a university or research institution. 

Who can nominate?

Researchers are invited to nominate a lab manager who has gone above and beyond to support their development in the lab.

Researchers nominating their lab managers are to submit the short nomination form including a 200-word summary explaining why they feel their nominee deserves the award.

Nomination period

October 13 - November 20

Finalist announcement: December 2

The Voting process

December 2 - 16

5 outstanding candidates will be selected by the Proteintech judging panel based upon their selflessness, teaching ability, and project management skills. The winner will be the candidate who receives the most public votes. During the voting process, each participant may only vote once per day.

On November 16, the nomination form below will be replaced by the voting form.

December 18: Winner Announcement

Lab Manager Hall of Fame

Congratulations to the previous winners of the Best Lab Manager Award!

Best Lab Manager Award Winner 2019

Congratulations to   Julien Weber from the University of Zurich in Switzerland!

"Winning the Best Lab Manager Award is wonderful, and it moves me that is was made possible thanks to such wonderful team work!" - Julien Weber

Julien received over 500 votes from colleagues and friends who all appreciate his excellent approach to managing the lab at the Department of Quantitative BioMedecine, University of Zurich.

Julien has won a $1000 research grant and a lab care package.

2018 Winner

Kelley Brodsky

University of Colorado - Denver, US

"Kelley is by far the most efficient lab manager I have ever worked with. With over 25 years of experience being at the bench and managing large labs at the same time, Kelley knows what we need before even we ask her for it. Whether it is ordering lab supplies or picking her brain for input on our experiments, she is always willing to go the extra mile to help us out in the best way possible. A breast cancer survivor, Kelley has never complained about what life throws at her, or the very typical whining of postdocs in the lab. Her enthusiasm for our work is infectious, and she ensures that we perform our research to the best of our abilities. Her punctuality, integrity and organizational skills never cease to amaze us at the lab. I call her my “lab mom”, and quite aptly so she takes care of all our needs. She is our rock in the lab! I hope that when I take on the role of an independent investigator, I can have someone as diligent, efficient and knowledgeable as Kelley as my lab manager. I wish I could clone her!"

-Rushita Bagchi (University of Colorado – Denver)


2017 Winner

Clare McManus

University of Manchester, UK

"Clare is simply the lab manager you wish you had in your daily work and in case of emergencies. She has always been efficient and supportive, but then has been literally amazing in keeping the lab together after the fire which destroyed the Paterson Building where most of our lab research took place, she has kept going the extra mile to find alternative solutions and then to facilitate the relocation to the new building." - Sara Valpione


2016 Winner

Mary Skinner 

University of Michigan, USA

"Mary is an outstanding lab manager. She certainly goes beyond her required duties; whether it's organizing the lab freezers or organizing the mouse colony for 8hrs on a Saturday afternoon, Mary seems to be on call 24/7. She is a single parent to a pre-teen, yet the lab is always well-stocked and in OSEH compliance. Mary never complains about the typical whining and complaining of grad students and post-docs, rather she acts as arbitrator to try to come to a compromise that will allow everyone to do their research to the best of their ability. My goal is to have my own research lab with a lab manager as capable and efficient as Mary." - William Giblin, University of Michigan




Being a lab manager is not an easy task and it’s about a lot more than just the science. Follow the link for 6 tips to help you be a great lab manager and better manage your time.

Terms and conditions 

  • Only nominators from Universities and Research Institutions are eligible to take part in this competition.

  • Nominees must be lab managers based in a University Institution or research lab in the US, Canada or Europe.

  • All winners agree to the use of their names and likenesses in publicity without notice or any additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. By entering this contest, the winners acknowledge that Proteintech has the right to publicize and broadcast their name, voice, and likeness, the fact that they won, and all matters incidental thereto. These activities may include the following: An interview, featuring on Proteintech blog/website, and associated press releases.

  • The deadline for entries to be submitted is November 20, 2020. Any applications submitted after this date will not be eligible.

  • Nominators can only enter one nominee. Any further entries will not be eligible. Nominators must complete the application form in full.

  • The winner will be decided by a public voting process once Proteintech Group has shortlisted the entries. The shortlist of nominees will be made at Proteintech Group’s discretion.

  • The $1000 award (or local currency equivalent) will be paid to the University laboratory or Research Institution to support the research of the awardee.

  • Prize will not be awarded to employees of for-profit organizations (i.e. biotech or pharmacological companies).

  • By submitting this application, you agree to receive information from Proteintech. Your information will never be sold or used by a third party.

  • Proteintech has the right to terminate this award at any time during the process.

  • During voting process, each participant may only vote once per day.


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