The Benjamin Castleman Award is granted for an outstanding paper in the field of human pathology published in English. Selections made by the Benjamin Castleman Award Committee will be based on the merit of the submitted paper, not on the entire career of the author. Please do not include additional supporting papers. Any optional information or letters from sponsors should be focused on the paper, not on the author’s qualifications. The 2023 award will be based on papers published during the twelve months preceding the application deadline. The subject may represent any topic in pathology, but must be directly relevant to human disease. On papers with multiple authors, only one author is eligible, and only one paper per author may be submitted.

The awardee must be a pathologist or a pathology resident or fellow who has not yet reached their 40th birthday at the time the paper is published.  Papers by pathology trainees are encouraged. The prize will consist of a check for $1,500 and a certificate. Funds for travel are not included and the awardee does not have to be present at the Annual Meeting.

Application must be submitted by: Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time.

Nicolas A. Giraldo, MD, PhD

2022 Benjamin Castleman Award

Nicolas Giraldo-Castillo completed his medical studies in Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia in 2011. Subsequently, he completed a Ph.D. in immunopathology and tumor immunology at the Sorbonne University, Paris, France, at Dr. Wolf H. Fridman’s lab. Subsequently, Nicolas completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University Paris V under the direction of Dr. Catherine Fridman. In 2017, he started his training in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and obtained his board certification in 2021. Currently, Nicolas is a Molecular Genetic Pathology clinical fellow at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

During his residency, Nicolas worked in Dr. Janis Taube’s laboratory in the development and validation of predictive biomarkers for response to immunotherapy across different cancer types using highly multiplexed imaging technologies and interdisciplinary spatial tissue analysis pipelines. Nicolas has published 30 peer-reviewed articles, including 11 as first/corresponding author, with over 3500 citations. His current work focuses on the implementation of novel technologies for tumor microenvironment characterization, including next-generation sequencing, spatial transcriptomics, mass spectrometry, and multiplex immunofluorescence. In particular, he is interested in deciphering the molecular mechanisms associated with immunomodulation and aggressive clinical behavior in kidney cancer, and the development of novel biomarkers and targeted therapies in this tumor type.

Nicolas has been the recipient of a Ph.D. scholarship from the Colombian and French national institutes of health (COLCIENCIAS and INSERM, respectively, 2011), and multiple awards including the Stowell Orbison Award (2019), the Fred and Janet Sanfilippo Research Award (2019), the Mario Luna Research Award (2019), the AAI Trainee Abstract Award (2020), the Johns Hopkins best abstract in Translational Research (2020), the Society of Immunotherapy of Cancer Team Science Recognition Award (2020), and Johns Hopkins Quality Initiatives and Performance Improvement Research Award (2020).

Previous Award Recipients

2021 Christian M. Schürch
2020 Jonathan C. Dudley
2019 Sanjay S. Patel
2018 Nicholas P. Reder
2017 Carlos A. Murga-Zamalloa
2016 Benjamin H. Durham
2015 Mark J. Kiel
2014 Valentina Nardi
2013 Abner Louissant
2012 Daniel Winer
2011 Anthony Gill/ Jiaqi Shi
2010 Adeboye Osunkoya
2009 Kirsten D. Mertz
2008 Laurence de Level
2007 Adebowale Joel Adeniran
2006 Arul M. Chinnaiyan
2005 Andrew P. Weng
2004 Anirban Maitra
2003 Jerome T. O’Connell
2002 David G. Huntsman
2001 Todd Kroll
2000 Daniel J. Brat
1999 Irina Lubensky
1998 Jeffrey K. Taubenberger
1997 Sarah S. Frankel
1996 Frederic G. Barr
1995 Marc Ladanyi
1994 Cheryl Willman
1993 Timothy McDonnell
1992 Giorgio Ingrahami
1991 Peter Humphrey
1990 Ivan Stamenkovic
1989 Stephen Peiper
1988 John Anastasi
1987 James Kurnick
1986 Lawrence Weiss
1985 Ann Thor
1984 George Murphy
1983 Renatao Iozzo
1982 William Beschorner
1981 Roger Warnke