Professor Tanja Bosak wins MIT’s Harold E. Edgerton Award “in recognition both for the groundbreaking work that she has accomplished and the potential she has demonstrated to continue to transform the field of geobiology”.
“In her quest to understand what life was like on Earth billions of years ago, Bosak has devised clever approaches, advancing scientists’ understanding of some fundamental biological phenomena that shaped features of early Earth”, the award selection committee reported.
Professor Bosak who received her Ph.D. in 2004 from CalTech joined the EAPS faculty in 2007 after having served as a postdoc at Harvard. Since then, she has been applying, what the committee described as “cutting edge techniques in modern microbiology, geology and geochemistry to the study of contemporary microbial communities, bringing to this subject a unique combination of scientific imagination, physical reasoning, and experimental rigor. As her students would attest, Professor Bosak is an outstanding instructor. Her group meetings are a popular forum, not just for her own group but also for a lively collection of interested students and postdoics from across EAPS and other departments. Her mentorship of Ph.D. students has proven exemplary”.
Professor Bosak has also recently been recognized by the American Geophysical Union with the prestigious Macelwane Medal, which recognizes significant contributions to the geophysical sciences by an outstanding young scientist.