The American Society for 

Reproductive Immunology 

Dr. John Gusdon Memorial New Investigator Award

This award is given to a new investigator with trainee status (graduate student, postdoctoral scientist, or resident) who has made a significant contribution by presenting an outstanding research paper during the ASRI Annual Meeting. Two awards are given annually; one for Clinical and one for Basic Science. This award is given annually in memory of Dr. John P. Gusdon, a founding member of ASRI, and an advocate of student participation in ASRI meetings.

Application Deadline: FEB 15 annually

2024 Gusdon Award Recipients

2024 Gusdon Award Finalists

 Basic Science Clinical Science

 Hajime Ino

Nippon Medical School

Anna Borchers

 Mayo Clinic

 Deepak Kumar

Baylor College of Medicine

 Phuong NM Vo

University of Washington

 Elisha Segrist


 Yuan Zhang

Rosalind Franklin University


  • Any trainee presenting a paper at the meeting can select to have their paper considered for the Gusdon Award. Candidates will be asked to produce proof of trainee status (ie: a letter from their supervisor).
  • The top 6 selected candidates are required to attend and present their paper orally at the annual meeting
  • The winner will be announced during the ASRI annual meeting.

Award Amount

Gusdon Award for Basic Science 

  • $700 award
  • engraved plaque
  • recognition at the Awards Ceremony

Gusdon Award for Clinical Science

  • $700 award
  • engraved plaque
  • recognition at the Awards Ceremony

This award is sponsored by

Required Application Materials

  1. Submit an abstract for the annual meeting
  2. Indicate on your abstract submission form that you wish to be considered for the Gusdon Award
  3. Upload proof of your trainee status in the abstract system.

Past Award Recipients

2023  Laura Moreno de Lara, Tufts University (Basic Science)

2023  Steffany Conyers, Harvard University (Clinical)

2022  Brittany Jones, Rosalind Franklin University (Basic Science)

2022 Samantha Ottinger, Johns Hopkins University (Clinical)

2021  So Hyun Ahn, Michigan State University (Basic Science)

2021  Rubina Bujun, University of Cape Town (Clinical)

2020 not awarded

2019 Ramitin Ghasemi

2018 Yu-Ye Li, Shenzhen ZhongShan Urology Hospital (Basic Science)

2018 Sayaka Tsuda, University of Toyama, Japan (Clinical)

2016 Mahmood Bilal, Rosalind Franklin University (Clinical) 

2016 Jun Lei, Johns Hopkins University (Basic Science)

2015 Puja Bagri, McMaster University (Basic Science)

2015 Nayoung Sung, Rosalind Franklin University (Clinical)

2014 Ayano Funamizu, Hirosaki University (Clinical)

2013 Niamh Mangan, Monash University

2012 Diana Morales Prieto, University Hospital Jena
2011 Tania Nevers, Brown University
2010 Svetlana Dambaeva, University of Wisconsin
2009 Karen Racicot, Penn State University
2008 Kaori Koga, Yale University
2007 Tal Birnberg, Hebrew University
2006 Caren Schaecher, Southern Illinois University College of Medicine
2005 Shaun Murphy, Brown Medical School
2004 Debrashea Mukherjea, Southern Illinois University COM
2004 Subaru Higuma, Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University
2003 Justine Fitzgerald, Friedrich-Schiller University
2002 Ana Zenclussen, Humboldt University
2001 Shawn Straszewski, Yale University
1999 Ginger Exley, Northeastern University
1991 Christian Thaler, Center for Reproduction and Transplantation
1989 Don Torry, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

2023 Gusdon Awardees

2018 BASIC SCIENCE - Yu-Ye Li, Shenzhen ZhongShan Urology Hospital

2018 CLINICAL SCIENCE - Sayaka Tsuda, University of Toyama, Japan 

Diversity & Inclusion: Our Foundation for Scientific Innovation

Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. ASRI provides equal opportunities to all members and applicants for awards without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.

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