2011 Career Award at the Scientific Interface Recipients Named

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--The Burroughs Wellcome Fund Board of Directors approved 10 recipients for the 2011 Career Award at the Scientific Interface at its May meeting.
The award provides $500,000 over five years to support the careers of scientists investigating biological questions by using methods from the physical, computational, mathematical, and engineering sciences.  This is the eighth CASI cohort since 2002.  The award has sponsored 79 investigators for an investment of nearly $40 million.
"Interdisciplinary research, provides a wealth of possibilities for biomedical research," said BWF President Dr. John Burris. "These awards provide essential funding at an important stage in their careers.  We provide flexibility to do innovative research and transition to a faculty position.”
CASI awardees from the 2006-2011 cohorts will be convened for a June 2011 meeting at BWF.  The meeting will include scientific talks as well as panel discussions on career development issues, and poster presentations from the awardees.
Listed below are the 2011 Career Award at the Scientific Interface recipients, institutional affiliations, and project titles:
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
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
Eva-Maria Schoetz, Ph.D.
Princeton University
Biophysical approaches to study stem cell dynamics during regeneration in planarians
Jonathan R. Silva, Ph.D.
Washington University
Applying molecular spectroscopy to derive multi-scale cardiac bioelectricity models



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