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Wallace H Coulter Lectureship Award

The Wallace H. Coulter Lectureship Award recognizes an outstanding individual who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to, and made important contributions that have had a significant impact on education, practice and/or research in laboratory medicine or patient care.

This award honors Wallace H. Coulter, founder of Coulter Corporation and inventor of the Coulter Principle, a simple but elegant innovation that revolutionized hematology and the practice of laboratory medicine, pioneered the field of flow cytometry and defined particle characterization. AACC's most prestigious award—presented annually at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo—commemorates Wallace Coulter's outstanding contributions to diagnostics and his championship of research and innovation. It is fitting that his legacy will be celebrated with lectures by renowned leaders in healthcare.

The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation generously supports The Wallace H. Coulter Lectureship Award.

Congratulations to This Year's Winner!

David WaltDavid R. Walt, PhD

Dr. Walt is the Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Bioinspired Engineering at Harvard Medical School and professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University and is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor. Previously, he was university professor at Tufts University. His laboratory pioneered the use of microwell arrays for single-molecule detection and analysis, which has revolutionized the process of genetic and proteomic sequencing, enabling the cost of DNA sequencing and genotyping to plummet nearly a millionfold in the past decade. This technology is now the gold standard for sequencing in a wide variety of applications, including screening embryos for genetic defects before in vitro fertilization, studying disease in preserved tissues, improving crop disease resistance, and identifying individuals’ metabolic profiles to ensure proper drug dosage. Dr. Walt’s laboratory also introduced the idea of digital protein detection by developing a high-throughput technology for performing single molecule analysis. He is the scientific founder of Illumina and Quanterix Corp., and has co-founded several other life sciences startups including Ultivue, Arbor Biotechnologies, and Sherlock Biosciences. He has received many national and international awards and honors for his fundamental and applied work in the field of optical microwell arrays and single molecules. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and an inductee of the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Previous Winners

2018 - Brian Druker, MD
2017 - Jennifer Doudna, PhD
2016 - John T. McDevitt, PhD
2015 - Yuk-Ming Dennis Lo, MD
2014 - Eric J. Topol, MD
2013 - C. Ronald Kahn, MD
2012 - Eric D. Green
2011 - Mary-Claire King, PhD
2010 - John Trojanowski
2009 - Jerome E. Groopman, MD