AAI-Thermo Fisher Meritorious Career Award

This award recognizes a mid-career scientist for outstanding research contributions to the field of immunology. This award is generously supported by Thermo Fisher Scientific.

The award recipient will receive a $10,000 cash award, meeting registration at the early rate, and travel support to attend the AAI annual meeting. The award recipient will present his or her research in an award lecture preceded by the award presentation.


This award competition is open to mid-career investigators who are Regular AAI members in good standing.* Nominees are to have not less than 15 years of experience in the field (a 2024 nominee must have received his/her degree on or before January 1, 2009). Eligibility of the nominee will be checked at the time of nomination and before presentation of the award. Posthumous awards will not be considered.

Candidates must be nominated by Regular AAI members in good standing.* Members may not nominate themselves. Members of the AAI Council and AAI Awards Committee may neither nominate nor recommend candidates, nor be nominated themselves.


* Member dues paid through the end of 2024; 2023 dues must be paid by the time of submission and 2024 dues must be paid by November 30, 2023.

Nomination Instructions

Please send all documents as a single combined PDF file to awards@aai.org. Please be aware that the single, combined PDF must be no larger than 20MB. Packages that are not complete will not be considered.

Please include the following in the nomination package:

  1. One (1) nomination letter of not more than three (3) pages, signed and submitted by a Regular AAI member in good standing, indicating the nominee’s qualifications for the award. The letter should describe the nominee’s major contributions to the field of immunology. Include the nominee’s complete and current contact information (Full name [first, middle initial, last], title and affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address). The nomination letter must be from one individual and not include multiple endorsements within it. It should reflect the observations and opinions of the author. Please refrain from extensive reliance on quotations and observations of others.

  2. One (1) additional letter of recommendation of not more than three (3) pages. The letter must be from one individual and not include multiple endorsements within it. This letter must be signed and included in the package.

  3. The nominee’s curriculum vitae, including education and fellowships (institution, dates, degrees), important awards, relevant employment history, and selected bibliography (complete citations with titles).

Nominations will be accepted beginning August 1, 2023. Complete nomination packages must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern on September 20, 2023. Packages must be submitted by email as a single combined PDF file to awards@aai.org. Incomplete nomination packages or nominations that do not comply with the stated instructions will not be considered. AAI will not accept materials sent separately or through regular mail. Final award decisions are at the discretion of AAI.

AAI reserves the right to limit the number of nominations considered for any one candidate. In most cases, no more than two will be accepted, in order of their receipt. Please direct inquiries to awards@aai.org.

Previous nominations for this award may be renewed. Original nominator should direct an email to awards@aai.org identifying the previous nominee, name of award, and year in which original nomination package was submitted to AAI.

According to U.S. law, any AAI award recipient receiving monetary awards totaling $600 or more in a single year must provide AAI with a completed Form W-9 or a Form W-8BEN (as appropriate) in advance of receiving the cash award.

2024 AAI-Thermo Fisher Meritorious Career Award Recipient

Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti

Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti, Ph.D. (AAI ’10)

St. Jude Children's Res. Hosp., USA

For exceptional research contributions to the field of immunology

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