ASHG Honors Cecilia Lindgren with ASHG Mentorship Award

For Immediate Release
Friday, July 13, 2018
12:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time

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Geneticist to Receive Award at ASHG 2018 Annual Meeting

Cecilia Lindgren, PhD, recipient of ASHG’s 2018 Mentorship Award
(courtesy Wellcome Trust, UK)

ROCKVILLE, MD – The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has named Cecilia Lindgren, PhD, as the recipient of its 2018 Mentorship Award.

This award recognizes ASHG members who have significant records of accomplishment as mentors. It is open to individuals at all academic ranks who have shown a sustained pattern of exemplary mentorship at the graduate student, postdoctoral, residency, or fellowship level. The award presentation, which includes a plaque and $10,000 prize, will take place on Friday, October 19, during ASHG’s 68th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.

“Dr. Lindgren has made mentorship a priority since the beginning of her career, and the variety of fields that her mentees have pursued demonstrates the wide-ranging impact of her efforts,” said David L. Nelson, PhD, President of ASHG.

Dr. Lindgren began her mentoring while completing her PhD in 1999, by supervising rotation projects at Lund University. Currently, as a Professor at the Big Data Institute at Oxford, she continues supervising students who are completing their PhD and postdoc programs. She has also participated in numerous speaking, lecturing, and tutoring engagements at multiple institutions, furthering her commitment to the education of early-career scientists.

Dr. Lindgren’s research seeks to advance understanding of the mechanisms involved in obesity and fat distribution, including the role of fat tissue and cells in these traits. Her work integrates large-scale data sets on genomic sequence variation and transcriptional regulation with large-scale functional analysis to better understand the factors underlying obesity, fat distribution and related health outcomes, including female reproductive health.

Dr. Lindgren has received numerous awards ansd honors over the years, including the Leena Peltonen Prize for Excellence in Human Genetics in 2013, and the 30th Khwarizmi International Award in 2017. She has been listed amongst Thomson Reuters’ 100 “most highly cited researchers” in Molecular Biology and Genetics annually since 2014 and has authored over 230 articles in the scientific literature since 1999. She has been an ASHG member since 2001.

About the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)

Founded in 1948, the American Society of Human Genetics is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. Its nearly 8,000 members include researchers, academicians, clinicians, laboratory practice professionals, genetic counselors, nurses, and others with an interest in human genetics. The Society serves scientists, health professionals, and the public by providing forums to: (1) share research results through the ASHG Annual Meeting and in The American Journal of Human Genetics; (2) advance genetic research by advocating for research support; (3) educate current and future genetics professionals, health care providers, advocates, policymakers, educators, students, and the public about all aspects of human genetics; and (4) promote genetic services and support responsible social and scientific policies. For more information, visit:

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