Best Lab Manager Award 2017

Winner Announced!

After tallying the votes, Proteintech is proud to announce the winner of the “Best Lab Manager Award 2017”:  

Clare McManus
University of Manchester


Clare will receive a care package and $1000 for use in her research.

Thank you to everyone who voted for this year's winner of the 'Best Lab Manager Award 2017'

An interview with Clare McManus - click here to listen

Clare's nomination:

Clare McManus, University of Manchester

"Clare is simply the lab manager you wish you had in your daily work and in case of emergencies. She has always been efficient and supportive, but then has been literally amazing in keeping the lab together after the fire which destroyed the Paterson Building where most of our lab research took place, she has kept going the extra mile to find alternative solutions and then to facilitate the relocation to the new building."

- Sara Valpione

Proteintech thanks everyone for their nominations and participation in the voting campaign. Proteintech offers several awards and travel grants throughout the year, so keep checking back for more exciting contests. 

Read more about each finalist:

Teresa Garrett, Wright State University

"Teresa maintains our animal colonies, orders the chemicals and supplies, train the new students, manages the lab finances, arranges our travel, and even maintain our lab meetings and social events’ schedule besides working on her own experiments. Thanks to her, my life in the lab as a graduate student is much easier, since I always have the animals I need and I receive all the supplies on a timely manner. Teresa is our lab wonderwoman, and if there is a superhero lab manager in this world, it has to be her."

- Amir Mahrous

Paul Youmans, Virginia Tech

"Any problem we have, Paul can almost certainly solve it. Because of this, every day is a long day in lab for Paul. He can be caught working at all hours of the morning and evening as well as on weekends and holidays. His work ethic is inspiring to me, and helps remind me to be more devoted in my own lab work." 

- Allison Bouslog

William Brown, University of Minnesota

"Dr Brown manages the laboratory of Professor Harris (HHMI Investigator). On average, 30 people including junior faculties, postdocs, PhD and undergraduate students work in the lab on projects related to genetics, cell biology, structural biology, cancer, molecular virology, and chemistry. Dr. Brown does a fantastic job managing a lab, which is like a small institution!"

-Diako Ebrahimi

Edward Zuniga, University of Southern California

"A breakdown of the circulatory system would be chaos for the body; a lost or dysfunctional Ed replacement would be chaos for the lab. It’s pretty simple: the body cannot function without a circulatory system, and the Zlokovic laboratory would not function without Ed."

-Melanie Sweeney

The Award

The lab can be a chaotic place. Great lab managers keep the chaos at bay and make sure that science is as efficient as possible in the lab. They are renaissance men and women in charge of budgeting, handling copious administrative responsibilities, writing grants, training new lab members, and on top of all that, making vital contributions to research. This award recognizes those lab managers who go above and beyond the call of duty.

The prize

Proteintech is offering a $1000 award and a care package (Award plaque, commemorative mug and $100 Visa gift card) for the most outstanding lab manager.

The Nomination process

Nominations are now closed.


Nominees must be based in a research laboratory in a university or research institution. 

Who can nominate?

Researchers are invited to nominate a lab manager who has gone above and beyond to support their development in the lab.

Researchers nominating their mentors are to submit the short nomination form including a 250-word summary explaining why they feel their nominee deserves the award.

The Voting process

November 16 – November 30

5 outstanding candidates will be selected by the Proteintech judging panel. The winner will be the candidate who receives the most public votes. During the voting process, each participant may only vote once per day.

On November 16, the nomination form below will be replaced by the voting form.

December 4: Winner Announcement

Terms and conditions 

  • Only nominators from Universities and Research Institutions are eligible to take part in this competition.

  • Nominees must be based in a University Institution or research lab in the US or Europe.

  • All Winners agree to the use of their names and likenesses in publicity without notice or any additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. By entering this contest, the winners acknowledge that Proteintech has the right to publicize and broadcast their name, voice, and likeness, the fact that they won, and all matters incidental thereto. These activities may include the following: An interview, featuring on Proteintech blog/website, and associated press releases.

  • The deadline for entries to be submitted is November 9, 2017. Any applications submitted after this date will not be eligible.

  • Nominators can only enter one nominee. Any further entries will not be eligible. Nominators must complete the application form in full.

  • The winner will be decided by a public voting process once Proteintech Group has shortlisted the entries. The shortlist of nominees will be made at Proteintech Group’s discretion.

  • The $1000 award (or local currency equivalent) will be paid to the University laboratory or Research Institution to support the research of the awardee.

  • Prize will not be awarded to employees of for-profit organizations (i.e. biotech or pharmacological companies).

  • By submitting this application, you agree to receive information from Proteintech. Your information will never be sold or used by a third party.

  • Proteintech has the right to terminate this award at any time during the process.

  • During voting process, each participant may only vote once per day.