I’m pleased to congratulate four members of the NIGMS community who are among the recipients of the 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers . This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.
- Michael Boyce, Ph.D. , is an assistant professor of biochemistry at Duke University. As an expert glycoscientist, he is bringing state-of-the-art chemical-biological approaches to studies of cell signaling and function in both normal and disease processes.
- Elizabeth Nance, Ph.D. , is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Washington. She uses an engineering strategy that combines basic science with available engineering tools to reveal methods for targeted drug delivery across the blood brain barrier. Such methods could provide patients with more effective medications with fewer side effects.
- James Olzmann, Ph.D. , is an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He brings broad expertise and a unique perspective to understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate protein and lipid homeostasis in human health and disease.
- Sohini Ramachandran, Ph.D. , is an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and of computer science at Brown University. She is challenging our understanding of genetic variation among human populations. Her research has identified targets of selection in the human genome as well as genetic pathways that underlie disease progression and ethnic disparities in disease occurrence.
Please join me in congratulating all winners of this prestigious honor.