|2005 Pioneer Awardees
NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni announced 13 new recipients of
the NIH Director's Pioneer Award on Sept. 29. The award supports
exceptionally creative scientists who take innovative approaches
to major challenges in biomedical research.
The new awardees, who will receive $500,000 in direct costs per
year for 5 years, are:
- Dr. Vicki L. Chandler, Regents' professor of plant sciences
and molecular and cellular biology at the University of Arizona,
who studies the control of gene expression.
- Dr. Hollis Cline, a professor and director of research at Cold
Spring Harbor Laboratory who studies neural connectivity in the
- Dr. Leda Cosmides, a professor of psychology at the University
of California, Santa Barbara, who applies evolutionary psychology
to discover the design of the human mind and brain.
- Dr. Titia de Lange, the Leon Hess professor and head of the
laboratory of cell biology and genetics at Rockefeller University,
who studies chromosome caps called telomeres.
- Dr. Karl Deisseroth, an assistant professor of bioengineering
and psychiatry at Stanford University who develops and employs
new technology to probe neural circuits in the brain.
- Dr. Pehr Harbury, an associate professor in the department
of biochemistry at Stanford University School of Medicine who
studies the chemical evolution of small molecules.
- Dr. Erich Jarvis, an associate professor in the department
of neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center whose research
focuses on the molecular basis of vocal learning.
- Dr. Thomas Rando, an associate professor in the department
of neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford University
School of Medicine who studies the role of stem cells in tissue
repair and regeneration.
- Dr. Derek J. Smith, a research associate in the department
of zoology at the University of Cambridge in England and a research
scientist in virology at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam
who uses mathematics to study the influenza virus and other rapidly
evolving infectious agents.
- Dr. Giulio Tononi, a professor in the department of psychiatry
at the University of Wisconsin- Madison Medical School who studies
the neural basis of consciousness and the function of sleep.
- Dr. Clare Waterman-Storer, an associate professor in the department
of cell biology at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif.,
who studies how cells change shape and move.
- Dr. Nathan Wolfe, an assistant professor in the department
of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School
of Public Health who studies the emergence of infectious diseases.
- Dr. Junying Yuan, a professor of cell biology at Harvard Medical
School who will explore the possible existence of a novel cellular
mechanism that detects and removes misfolded, neurotoxic proteins.
The recipients were selected from 840 scientists who underwent
a rigorous nomination and evaluation process.
More information on the recipients is at http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/pioneer/Recipients05.aspx.
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