Tsien Awards and Honors

  • 2005 Keynote speech, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 2004 Distinguished Speaker, Neuroscience Program, University of Toronto, CA
  • 2004 PULSE Award, Princeton Local Community Education Program
  • 2002 Medal of Science, ECNU Science Foundation, Shanghai
  • 2001 Cheung Kong Scholar, Li Ka Shing Foundation, Hong Kong and the Ministry of Education, China
  • 2000 Keck Distinguished Young Scholar Award, W.M. Keck Foundation
  • 2000 Burroughs Wellcome Young Investigator Ward, Burroughs Wellcome Fund
  • 2000 M. Koshland Memorial Lecture, University of California-Berkeley
  • 1999 Scientific Achievement Award, Association of Chinese Americans
  • 1998 Beckman Young Investigator Award, Beckman Foundation
  • 1990 Bacaner Basic Research Award, Minnesota Medical Foundation

Additionally, Dr. Tsien has lectured at universities and scientific meetings through out the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has contributed chapters on Learning and Memory for textbooks such as Basic Neurochemistry. He is also known as the creator of the smart mouse Doogie. His rodent creature has been the cover story of Time Magazine and the New York Times, and was selected as one of the top ten major scientific breakthroughs by Science magazine for the year 1999. His scientific leadership in memory research has been also recognized by invitations from Scientific American magazine to contribute two featured articles, one on Building a Brain Mouse in 2000, and another on The Memory Code in 2007.