BWF Names 2020 Career Award at the Scientific Interface Recipients

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
Stanford University
Migration and population dynamics in the zebrafish adaptive immune system

Stephanie E. Lindsey, PhD 
Stanford University
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