Lustgarten-Thermo Fisher Scientific Memorial Award

Established to honor the memory of AAI member Joseph Lustgarten, Ph.D., this award is intended to advance the career of a mid-career scientist who attends the AAI annual meeting and presents an outstanding abstract specifically in the area of immune regulation. This award is generously supported by Thermo Fisher Scientific.

The award recipient will be recognized and presented with a certificate at the AAI Business Meeting and Awards Presentation at IMMUNOLOGY 2019. Reimbursement of up to $1,250 will be provided for expenses associated with attending the meeting (registration, travel, and lodging at an AAI-designated hotel). This award may not be combined with other awards or grants for the AAI annual meeting.

To be eligible, an applicant must meet all of these requirements:

  1. Be a Regular AAI member paid through the end of 2019.
  2. Hold an appointment of Associate Professor or equivalent.
  3. Have submitted a first-author abstract for presentation (oral or poster) at IMMUNOLOGY 2019. Research shall be in the area of immune regulation with preference given to abstracts which focus on tumor immunology; regulatory cell subsets and/or cell regulation in response to tumors; and cell signaling processes as they relate to immune response to tumors.

Please submit award application by logging into your AAI member account at, choosing Award Application in the Member Services menu, and selecting Apply Now for the applicable award in the award list. All documents should be uploaded as a single combined PDF file with a file name of less than 25 characters. 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 application package:

  1. A cover letter – not to exceed two (2) pages – clearly designating “Lustgarten-Thermo Fisher Scientific Award” and including the following information:
    • Full name (first, middle initial, last)
    • Title and affiliation
    • Current mailing address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address
    • A brief statement of applicant’s research goals
  2. Applicant’s curriculum vitae, including current funding and past AAI awards (NIH Biosketch style)
  3. A completed Funding Confirmation Form (PDF) signed by Department Chair or Dean
  4. A copy of the abstract(s) submitted to IMMUNOLOGY 2019, including the abstract submission ID number(s), title(s), complete author list(s) in order, and body text

Applications will be accepted beginning November 28, 2018. Complete application packages must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern on January 14, 2019. Packages must be uploaded as a single combined PDF file through your AAI member account at Incomplete application packages or applications that do not comply with the stated instructions will not be considered. AAI will not accept materials sent separately, through regular mail, or by email. Final award decisions are at the discretion of AAI.

2019 Lustgarten-Thermo Fisher Scientific Award Recipient

Matam Vijay-Kumar, Ph.D.

Matam Vijay-Kumar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Univ. of Toledo Col. of Med. and Life Sci.

To advance the career of a mid-career scientist who attends the AAI annual meeting and presents an outstanding abstract specifically in the area of immune regulation

Past Recipients


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