Announcement - Interface in Science Awards

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) has named 15 scientists as the 2008 recipients of its Career Award at the Scientific Interface (CASI).

These awards are designed to encourage research at the interface between the physical/computational sciences and the biological sciences, recognizing the vital role cross-trained scientists play infurthering biomedical research.

CASI provides $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the early years of faculty service. All faculty positions must be taken at U.S. or Canadian degree-granting institutions.

BWF launched the CASI program in 2002 and has made a total of 63 awards—an investment of approximately $31.5 million in the careers of CASI awardees.

The CASI award provides freedom and funding security that enables interdisciplinary new investigators to develop innovative and independent research programs during this critical time in their careers. By the end of their awards, these investigators will have an established research program and will be able to effectively compete for support from government and other funding agencies.

Following are the 2008 award recipients, their institutions, and research projects:

Dirk R. Albrecht, Ph.D.
Rockefeller University
Investigating neural circuits governing chemotaxis using microtechnology

David Biron, Ph.D.
Brandeis University
Understanding small neural circuits

Lynette Cegelski, Ph.D.
Washington University
Mapping the structural and functional landscape of the microbial extracellular matrix

Rhiju Das, Ph.D.
University of Washington
High resolution prediction of new RNA folds

Alfredo Dubra-Suarez, Ph.D.
University of Rochester
Understanding glaucoma through structural and functional in vivo cellular imaging of the retina

Alexander Dunn, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Single molecule characterization of the energetic landscape underlying myosin force generation

Maria N. Geffen, Ph.D.
Rockefeller University
Perception and neural encoding of textured sounds

Andrea M. Goforth, Ph.D.
University of California-Davis
Bimodal, luminescent/magnetic nanoparticle assemblies targeted to alpha-4-beta-1 integrin for tumor imaging and therapy

Ming Hammond, Ph.D.
Yale University
Large-scale discovery and analysis of regulatory RNAs using computational and chemical approaches

Arjun Raj, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stochastic gene expression in development: from phenomena to function

Sridevi V. Sarma, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Improved therapies for Parkinson’s disease using advanced engineering methods

Georg Seelig, Ph.D.
California Institute of Technology
Nucleic acid logic circuits for conditional gene regulation

Jan Skotheim, Ph.D.
Rockefeller University
A systems level approach to cell cycle control: from molecules to motifs to physiology

Joshua Vaughan, Ph.D.
Harvard University
Discovery of new motility mechanism and high speed, in vivo imaging of motor protein dynamics

Lauren J. Webb, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Electrostatic fields at the protein-protein interface