BWF Invests in Interdisciplinary Scientists

December 15, 2008

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009 Career Awards 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 in furthering 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 69 awards—an investment of nearly $35 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.

The recipients of the 2009 Career Awards at the Scientific Interface are:

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

Note:  CASI will not be accepting applications for the 2009-2010 award cycle.

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