Best Postdoc Mentor Award 2022

Postdoc fellows often go above and beyond in their duties as mentors and Proteintech want to recognize their hard work and commitment with the annual Best Postdoc Mentor Award. 

Congratulations to our 2022 winner, Dr. Cleide Souza.

Dr. Cleide Souza will receive a £1,000 scholarship for her outstanding mentorship in the lab. 

Dr. Cleide Souza
University of Sheffield, UK

"Dr Cleide Souza is a senior post-doctoral research associate in the Ferraiuolo lab at the University of Sheffield. She has been an outstanding post-doctoral mentor to me over the last few years while I have been working on my PhD. She has always been available and approachable, providing invaluable scientific advice as well as pastoral advice. In recent years she has taken on more of a leadership role in the lab and become a mentor to several other PhD students and junior post-docs in the lab. Cleide is an expert on cell culture and the maintenance and differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells. She is a brilliant teacher and has taught many members of staff, from junior level to senior level, and her expertise and enthusiasm has always come across very clearly. Cleide is passionate about promoting diversity and wellbeing in science, particularly in encouraging the role of women in science. She always encourages me and other junior members of the lab to put our mental health first and to try to work toward a good work-life balance. For all these reasons and more, I believe Cleide deserves recognition for her role as a post-doctoral mentor."

- Nomination by Jannigje Kok


Best Postdoc Mentor Award Hall of Fame

Congratulations to all past winners of the Best Postdoc Mentor Award! 

2021 winner
Anna M. Hagenston Hertle

Heidelberg University

"Anna possesses a unique calm and inspiring energy which is rarely found in supervisors as experienced as her. Her positive attitude towards not-successful experiments has given me the determination to continue working hard and not to lose hope on many dark days. One of her favorite quotes is “always make new mistakes” which also tells a lot about her life and work philosophy in general."

2020 winner

Tejeshwar Rao - University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States

“'I once read somewhere, that 'You don't need to have all the answers, you just have to be willing to share what you know'. And that is what mentoring is to me. It feels great to be appreciated for sharing my knowledge and things I have learnt with my juniors and colleagues. I want to thank them for nominating me and 'Proteintech' for acknowledging the same. This recognition makes me want to continue the good work, knowing that I am being admired and appreciated for my efforts."

2019 Winner

Isha Sharma

Northwestern University, United States

"I am overwhelmed to receive best post doc mentor award. Blessed to receive all love and appreciation from peers as well as from my juniors. Thanks a lot. Thank you so much Proteintech for giving me this recognition. This award boosted my morals. Certainly its going to propels me to become better version of myself. I never knew that so many people out there support and admire me because of my mentorship."

- Isha Sharma

2018 Winner

Dr. Callie Kwartler 

University of Texas Houston, United States

“Her ability to juggle her own projects as well as advise on other projects is admirable and demonstrates qualities of a PI. She has challenged me as a PhD student to approach questions and data in different ways. She provides a positive learning environment where I can hone my research skills and become a great scientist. Dr Kwartler has provided mentorship and guidance in balancing professional and personal life. When I joined the lab a year ago my house flooded during Hurricane Harvey, she helped me find stability in balancing work and the move out of my house. She has been a constant support throughout the year as both a mentor and a friend and I strive to become a mentor like her in the future.”

- Statement from Jamie Wright (University of Texas Houston Medical School)

2017 Winner

Dr. Janet Kumita

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

“I am continually amazed by her efforts, and cannot think of another person more deserving of this recognition. As stated in the introduction for this award, “many critical mentors in science go unheralded.” Janet does not take on the vast responsibilities that come with playing a key role in managing an entire Centre on top of mentoring many researchers to get recognition, but I am certain there is no one in the Centre who does not appreciate and respect all that Janet does for us. Our Centre is undoubtedly a better place because of Dr. Kumita, and we are all most fortunate and grateful for her guidance.”

- Statement from Ryan Limbocker, University of Cambridge 

2016 Winner

Dr. Joshua Morgan

University of Delaware, United States

“Josh consistently bolsters the quality of work and scientific questioning, student motivation, and collaborative atmosphere among every lab in the department, and he deserves to be recognized for his contributions. Talking to Josh when grad school is downright discouraging helps to remind me that I love research, and I wouldn’t rather do anything else. His mentoring has inspired me to be a better mentor to my undergrads and to younger grad students in the department.”

- Statement from Jilian Melamed, University of Delaware.

Terms and Conditions

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

  • Nominees must be postdoctoral researchers based in a University Institution or research lab in the US 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.

  • 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.

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

  • The finalists will be contacted by email and also announced online.

  • 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.