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Brangwynne Receives NSF CAREER Award

Clifford Brangwynne, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Brangwynne’s project, entitled “Non-Equilibrium RNA/Protein Liquids and Intracellular Phase Transitions”, will focus on elucidating two important aspects of RNA/protein liquids: 1) their assembly from soluble components, and 2) their material properties, which strongly impact their biological function.  Combined in vitro/in vivo studies will allow the PI to understand the full complexity of RNA/protein liquids, and test the hypothesis that the assembly and properties of these droplets are tuned by ATP-dependent biological activity.  The CAREER Program is an NSF-wide activity that offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.