July 1, 2024

The Ludwig Princeton Branch's Assistant Member Michael Skinnider received the 2023 NOMIS & Science Young Explorer Award grand prize at a ceremony at the University of Zurich on June 4.

The award, from the NOMIS Foundation and the journal Science, "recognizes bold early-career researchers who ask fundamental questions at the intersection of the social and life sciences."

Skinnider was honored for "developing an artificial intelligence–based approach to identify new designer drugs wreaking havoc in an ever-greater number of global communities," the foundation said.

Skinnider’s research cited in the award explores how AI generative language models used on chemical structures can accelerate identification of emerging drugs from mass spectrometry data. The data can then be used in public health responses to drug outbreaks.