Arjun Krishnan Leads Research Team to Win FASEB DataWorks! Prize

Newswise —Arjun Krishnan, Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the Center for Health AI, University of Colorado Anschutz, on behalf of his research team, Krishnan Lab, received the FASEB DataWorks! Prize, Significant Achievement Award.

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and the Office of Data Science Strategy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the award this week. The prize showcases research teams’ exemplary achievements in biological and biomedical research that were made possible through data sharing and reuse.

As inaugural winners of the DataWorks! Prize, Krishnan’s research team received a $12,500 prize. The team’s winning project focused on methods that address unstructured metadata and missing metadata that are barriers to discovering and reusing public omics data. They will present their project and celebrate their achievement at an upcoming symposium on April 25.

Sharing and reusing scientific data openly has tremendous potential to catalyze new scientific discoveries. Exemplary data management and sharing requires innovative and interdisciplinary collaboration to maximize impact.

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The DataWorks! Prize, a component of FASEB DataWorks!, is a partnership between FASEB and NIH to incentivize innovative practices and increase community engagement around data sharing and reuse. A panel of NIH officials selected a total of 11 research teams as winners.

With community engagement as a key part of the DataWorks! Prize, FASEB recognized two teams with People’s Choice awards based on crowd voting. More than 2,150 votes were cast from the community.

2022 DataWorks! Prize Winners

Grand Prize: $100,000

Team: BrainChart Project: Brain Charts for the Human Lifespan

Team: National Covid Cohort Collaborative Project: Democratizing Access to Clinical Data

Distinguished Achievement Award: $50,000

Team: PhysioNet Challenges Project: The PhysioNet Challenges Data Science Competitions

Team: Monarch Initiative Project: Using All Organisms for Diagnostics and Discovery

Team: NeuroMorpho.Org Project: A Public Repository of Neuronal and Glial Morphology

Team: The GenomeArk Project: The GenomeArk: High-quality Reference Genomes

Exemplary Achievement Award: $25,000

Team: Allen Institute for Brain Science Project: The Cell Type Knowledge Explorer

Significant Achievement Awards: $12,500

Team: VEuPathDB Project: VEuPathDB: New Discoveries Through Data Reuse

Team: Krishnan Lab Project: Removing Metadata Barriers to Promote Data Reuse

Team: Vascular Model Repository Project: The Vascular Model Repository Open-data Model

Team: MIT Critical Data Project: Improving Health Research Diversity with MIMIC (updated title)

People’s Choice Award

Team: GenomeArk Project: The GenomeArk: High-quality Reference Genomes

Team: VEuPathDB Project: VEuPathDB: New Discoveries Through Data Reuse

An annual challenge, the DataWorks! Prize is a component of FASEB DataWorks!, which brings the biological and biomedical research communities together to advance human health through data sharing and reuse. Learn more about FASEB DataWorks! and the DataWorks! Prize.


FASEB is comprised of 27 scientific member societies with 115,000 members, making it the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States. FASEB’s mission is to advance health and well-being by promoting research and education in biological and biomedical sciences through collaborative advocacy and service to member societies and their members. Visit for more information.

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