Omenn Prize goes to Roderich Römhild for his article on Preventing Antibiotic Resistance


The $5,000 Omenn Prize for the best article published in the previous calendar year in any scientific journal on a topic related to evolution in the context of medicine and public health goes to Roderich Römhild for his paper: Roemhild, R., Gokhale, C. S., Dirksen, P., Blake, C., Rosenstiel, P., Traulsen, A., … Schulenburg, H. (2018). Cellular hysteresis as a principle to maximize the efficacy of antibiotic therapy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(39), 9767–9772. doi:10.1073/pnas.1810004115

The prize, provided by the generosity of Gilbert S. Omenn, is awarded to the first author of the winning article. It includes $5000 and an invitation to present a talk at the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health annual meeting, August 13-16 in Zurich, with travel and lodging expenses covered. The prize committee including Isabel Gordo, Mel Greaves, Thom McDade, Steve Simpson, and Nina Wale was unanimous in its decision. 

Dr. Römhild will present a talk based on the paper at the 5th annual meeting of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health in Zurich, August 13-18.  Registration is open now. . The full meeting schedule is posted at


Last modified: 2021-06-15