APSUO Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award

About the Award | About Rosalind Franklin | Current Award Winner

In 2004, in conjunction with the Advanced Photon Source, the APS Users Organization established the APSUO Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award to recognize an important scientific or technical accomplishment by a young investigator (senior graduate student or within two years of his or her PhD. degree) that was accomplished at or strongly beneficial to the APS.

The award, which consists of a plaque and a monetary award of $1000, will be presented at the annual Users Meeting in alternate years. The recipient of the award will also be asked to present a 20-minute lecture on his/her research in the APS plenary session.

About Rosalind Franklin

The brilliant but short-lived chemist Rosalind Franklin played a critical but largely unacknowledged role in the discovery of the structure of DNA. While working as a research associate for John Randall at King's College in 1951, Franklin was assigned to study the unwieldy DNA molecule with x-ray crystallography--a technique only just beginning to be used for biological molecules. Her results revealed the position of the sugar-phosphate backbone and the basic helical structure of the molecule; when her x-ray photographs filtered unofficially to John Watson at Cambridge, he immediately saw their implications. Franklin went on to work on the tobacco mosaic virus and the polio virus, but her career came to an untimely end when she died of cancer in 1958 at age 37. More information on Franklin is at

2014 Winner

Julian Moosmann Named Franklin Award Recipient for Development of Techniques for In vivo Analysis of Embryonic Development

Julian Moosmann

April 8, 2014 — The APS Users Organization is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 APSUO Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award is Julian Moosmann, currently a PhD student at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.

Nominated by Ralf Hofmann (also of KIT), Moosmann has used synchrotron radiation at the APS to develop techniques for 4D (time-resolved) imaging for the in vivo analysis of embryonic development, revealing biological processes that could not previously be observed. Hofmann noted that Moosmann is "an original and visionary thinker" who is embarking on what promises to be a very exciting scientific career. Read more »