This award is intended for postdoctoral fellows holding appointments in the Basic Sciences and clinical Departments of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Daniel Nathans (1928 – 1999) was a 1978 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine as a co-discoverer of restriction enzymes. He was also a 1993 recipient of our nation’s highest scientific award, the National Medal of Science. Dr. Nathans was Professor and Director of the Department of Molecular and Biology and Genetics, and he also served as Interim President of the Johns Hopkins University.