The Chinese American Chromatography Association (CACA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2024 Young Investigation Awards (YIA) and Student Excellence Awards (SEA). These awards are selected annually to recognize outstanding scientists and students who have contributed exceptionally to the development of separation science and its applications.

Photos of the CACA YIA and SEA Winners of 2024



Young Investigator Awards (2) sponsored by Advanced Materials Technology and Waters Corporation. 

Dr.  Bifan Chen and Dr. Emanuela Gionfriddo have been selected to win the 2024 CACA Young Investigator Awards.

Dr. Chen, Principal Scientist at Genentech. He is an analytical project lead and key analyst in developing CMC control strategies for synthetic molecule early-phase projects.

Dr. Gionfriddo, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. She has strived to build a productive research program that could contribute to analytical chemistry with findings and new technologies for separation, preconcentration, and detecting micropollutants in complex samples.


Student Excellence Awards (2) sponsored by MAC-MOD Analytical and Genentech.

Samuel Foster and Zhijun Zhu have been selected to win the 2024 CACA Student Excellence Awards.

Mr. Foster is a Ph.D. student at Rowan University working under Dr. James Grinias. 

Mr. Zhu is a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the direction of Professor Lingjun Li.

Award Selection Process and Presentation

The selection process is based on research accomplishments/innovations, the number of publications and impacts, and the service record to the scientific community. Dr. Perry Wang of the U.S. FDA chairs the CACA award committee. The award committee comprises of four other CACA executive board members: Dr. Tao Chen of Genentech, Dr. Michael Dong of MWD Consulting, Dr. Mingming Ma of Corteva Agriscience, and Dr. Yi He of the City University of New York, John Jay College. All awards (plaques and cash travel grants of $1000 for YIA and $500 for SEA) will be presented to the winners at the CACA dinner networking event at Pittcon 2024. 

CACA is a non-profit organization that promotes networking and career development for its members. CACA hosts frequent webinars, workshops, symposia, and dinner networking events at Pittcon, HPLC, and EAS Conferences to provide forums for sharing technical information in separation sciences and developing collaborative relationships. Additional information is available at