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Applications are OPEN!

About the contest

How to participate

Important dates

Evaluation and selection

Scientific Committee


Other information

Recognizing that graduate students have lost the opportunity to present at conferences for a time, the Webinar Series in Sphingolipids Biology together with Cayman Chemical want to provide the platform for PhD students to talk about their research work for a worldwide community.

PhD students should send the following documents to with the subject heading "PhD contest"

  • Abstract (no more than 250 words)

  • 1 page CV

  • Letter of support/permission from their mentor

Deadline for applications: February 19th, 2021

Short talks presentations: March 22nd, 2021

Submitted applications will be reviewed by a panel of researchers in the field, and the best applications will be selected for a round of short talks. The best talk will be selected by the evaluation panel.

  • Chiara Luberto, Stony Brook University, USA

  • Jin-Ichi Inokuchi, Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical School, Japan

  • Maurizio del Poeta, Stony Brook University, USA

  • Timothy Hla, Harvard Medical School, USA

  • Tony Futerman, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

  • Yusuf Hannun, Stony Brook University, USA

Students selected for short talks will receive an award certificate, and the best talk selected by the evaluation panel will be awarded a $500 prize from Cayman Chemical.

Information about the selected talks and PhD students will be posted in the Webinar Series in Sphingolipid Biology website and the webinars will be made available in Sphingolipid Biology YouTube Channel

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