Investing in the careers of transdisciplinary researchers
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI). This award is a postdoc-faculty bridging award for researchers conducting biological research through transdisciplinary approaches.
“Working at the interface of biology and the quantitative sciences provides innovative approaches to answering biological questions,” said BWF President and CEO Dr. Louis Muglia. “Working across disciplines also creates the opportunity to pose new questions.”
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. The intent is that this infusion of funds and early career support will allow these investigators to quickly establish an innovative research program that will allow them to become leaders in their respective fields.
BWF launched the CASI program in 2002 and has made 175 awards for an investment of nearly $90 million in the careers of transdisciplinary researchers.
Two recipients will forego the postdoctoral portion and their award will apply directly to their faculty position.
The recipients of the 2020 Career Awards at the Scientific Interface are:
Ahmed S. Abdelfattah, PhD
Probing and manipulating the neural circuitry of opiate addiction using novel optogenetic tools
Zibo Chen, PhD
California Institute of Technology
Molecular programming using de novo designed proteins
Yogesh Goyal, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Biochemical trajectories guiding rare cell plasticity and therapy resistance in single cancer cells
Elizabeth R. Jerison, PhD
Migration and population dynamics in the zebrafish adaptive immune system
Stephanie E. Lindsey, PhD
Quantitation of early great vessel growth and remodeling
Brittany S. Morgan, PhD
Cracking the molecular recognition code: capturing dynamic substructures with small molecules
Cristina Rodriguez, PhD
University of California – Berkeley
Decoding spinal cord neural circuits through advanced optical imaging methods
Julea Vlassakis, PhD
University of California-Berkeley
Precision oncology via single-cell proteomics