Career Awards at the Scientific Interface

Grant Recipients 2002-2011

Note: This list reflects the awardees' current grant institution.

2012-2016 Recipients



Paul C. Blainey, Ph.D.
Stanford University
From single cells to populations: using microfluidics, genomics, and culture to better understand infectious disease in the post-genomic era

L. Stirling Churchman, Ph.D.
University of California - San Francisco
Regulation of the RNA polymerase motor mechanism in vivo

Eva-Maria Collins, Ph.D.
Princeton University
Biophysical approaches to study stem cell dynamics during regeneration in planarians

Shawn M. Douglas, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
Self-assembled DNA devices for nanoscale manipulation of immune signal transduction

Keisuke Goda, Ph.D.
University of California-Los Angeles
Development of high-throughput blood screening technology for real-time noninvasive cancer diagnostics and therapy

Christopher D. Harvey, Ph.D.
Princeton University
Neural circuit mechanisms underlying decision-making in mice

Alan Horsager, Ph.D.
University of Southern California
Using genetically-targeted neural modulation to examine retinal circuits and restore vision in the blind

Eleni Katifori, Ph.D.
Rockefeller University
Robustness and optimality in loopy biological distribution networks

Tobias J. D. Reichenbach, Ph.D.
Rockefeller University
Low-frequency hearing in mammals

Jonathan R. Silva, Ph.D.
Washington University
Applying molecular spectroscopy to derive multi-scale cardiac bioelectricity models


Julie S.Biteen, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Superresolution imaging in live cells using single-molecule active-control microscopy

Ofer Feinerman, Ph.D.
Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer
Cellular heterogeneity and cooperativity shape decision-making in the immune system

Surya Ganguli, Ph.D.
University of California - San Francisco
The expression and acquisition of sequence memory in neuronal networks

Mark A. Kramer, Ph.D. 
Boston University
Population rhythms of epilepsy

Michael Rust, Ph.D.
Harvard University
Nonlinear dynamics underlying the cyanobacterial circadian clock

Daniel A. Wagenaar, Ph.D.
California Institute of Technology
Neural circuitry and mechanisms of multisensory integration in a predatory invertebrate


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.
Postdoctoral Institution: 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


Derek Cummings, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University
Natural and vaccine-induced immunity and spatiotemporal dynamics of epidemic dengue

Ajit P. Joglekar, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Building a mechanistic model of the structure and function of a kinetochore-microtubule attachment

Harold D. Kim, Ph.D.
Harvard University
Understanding the mechanisms of sensitivity in gene expression

Gavin McLean King, Ph.D.
University of Colorado - Boulder
The dynamic structural biology of ion channel proteins: an ultra-stable atomic force microscope study

Mary L. Kraft, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Composition analysis of the influenza virus pre-envelope by multiple isotope imaging mass spectrometry (MIMS)

Alison L. Marsden, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Engineering new treatments for cardiovascular disease via optimal design and physiologic simulation

Celeste M.Nelson, Ph.D.
University of California-Berkeley
Biophysical dynamics in the regulation of tissue morphogenesis

Erin C. Rericha, Ph.D.
University of Maryland-College Park
Fluid flows in cell mechanosensitivity and cell motion

Jason T.Ritt, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Active sensing in natural and robotic organisms

Alexander Sher, Ph.D.
University of California-Santa Cruz
Investigation of retinal processing through large-scale multi-electrode recordings

Joshua S.Weitz, Ph.D.
Princeton University
Evolutionary ecology of bacterial viruses

Ahmet Yildiz, Ph.D.
University of California-San Francisco
Molecular mechanism of dynein in vitro and in living cells


Jasna Brujic, Ph.D.
Columbia University
Mechanical networks in biology: from proteins to cells

Nicolas E. Buchler, Ph.D.
Rockefeller University
Gene duplication and the evolution of function in regulatory networks

Margaret L. Gardel, Ph.D.
Scripps Research Institute
Dynamic force generation in cell migration

Daniel I. Goldman, Ph.D.
University of California-Berkeley

Edo L. Kussell, Ph.D.
Rockefeller University
Evolution of microbial physiologies

Laura A. Miller, Ph.D.
University of Utah
Developmental and evolutionary biofluid dynamics: case studies in locomotion and heart development

Dana Pe’er, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
A systems approach to elucidate integration of signal and decision in cells

Aviv Regev, Ph.D.
Harvard University
From modules to mechanisms: the function and evolution of molecular networks

Eric Shea-Brown, Ph.D.
New York University
Neurobiological dynamics of timing and decisions

Hadley D. Sikes, Ph.D.
University of Colorado-Bolder
Well-defined, supramolecular assemblies of redox enzymes via templated self-assembly for use in mechanistic electron transport studies and targeted apoptosis


Emre Aksay, Ph.D.
Princeton University
Neural mechanisms for control of eye position

Rachel Brem, Ph.D.
University of Washington
The genetics of transcription in budding yeast

Yann R. Chemla, Ph.D.
University of California-Berkeley
Single-molecule study of bacteriophage DNA packaging and mitochondrial protein import

Oksana Cherniavskaya, Ph.D.
Columbia University
Exploring the spatial interactions in cytoskeletal proteins using nanoscale bioarrays

Timothy J. Gardner, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tracking neural programs for song

Robert H. Havlin, Ph.D.
National Institutes of Health
Snapshots of proteins in action: elucidating freeze-trapped intermediates with solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance

Christine E. Heitsch, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Combinatorial and computational approach to deciphering the biological information encoded by single-stranded nucleotide sequences

Joshua B. Plotkin, Ph.D.
Harvard University
Novel methods to compute selection pressures on proteins at the genome-wide scale

Astrid A. Prinz, Ph.D.
Emory University
Models of activity-dependent homeostatic regulation in neural networks on the basis of brute force exploration of high-dimensional parameter spaces

Benjamin J.Raphael, Ph.D.
University of California-San Diego
High-resolution analysis of tumor genome architectures

Megan T. Valentine, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Establishing the mechanism of kinesin processivity


Lindsay G. Cowell, Ph.D.
Duke University Medical Center
A novel statistical approach to deducing the function of regulatory DNA: examples from analyses of recombination signal sequences

Adrienne L. Fairhall, Ph.D.
Princeton University
Neural computation, adaptation and information processing

Jeffrey R. Kuhn, Ph.D.
Yale University
Total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy observations of actin branching dynamics in vivo

Jason K. Sello, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
Taking a chemical genetic scalpel to a Streptomyces colony

Ryohei Yasuda, Ph.D.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Visualization of biochemical signaling in single dendritic spines

Matthew A. Young, Ph.D.
University of California-Berkeley
Allosteric regulation in cell-signaling proteins

Muhammad N. Yousaf, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
A surface chemistry and materials approach to develop model substrates to study PI(4,5)P2 lipid raft-dependent actin polymerization


Michael B. Elowitz, Ph.D.
Rockefeller University
In vivo modeling: a synthetic approach to regulatory networks

Lisa J. Lapidus, Ph.D.
National Institutes of Health
Dynamics of polypeptides from measurement of intramolecular contact formation

Patrick W. Nelson, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
A theoretical study of HIV-1 pathogenesis: from primary infection, through latency, to effective drug therapy or progression to AIDS

Todd E. Peterson, Ph.D.
University of Arizona
Ultrahigh-resolution in vivo imaging

Jianghong Rao, Ph.D.
University of California-Los Angeles
Imaging gene expression and protein phosphorylation in living organisms

Ronald S. Rock, Jr., Ph.D.
Stanford University
Exploring the protein folding energy landscape at the single molecule level

Brent R. Stockwell, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Chemical profiling of cellular disease states

Keith R. Weninger, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Single molecule study of the role of SNARE protein-assisted membrane fusion in calcium-triggered neurotransmitter release