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Nelson and Brangwynne Named Inaugural Faculty Scholars Through HHMI-Simons-Gates Program

Celeste M. Nelson, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Clifford P. Brangwynne, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, have been named as two of the 84 inaugural Faculty Scholars in a new joint program established by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Simons Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Aimed at supporting exceptional individuals in the biomedical research arena, Faculty Scholars have between four and ten years of faculty experience, and are “selected based on their vision and potential for unique contributions”.  The program provides between $600,000 and $1.8 million to each Faculty Scholar, over a five-year period.  Nelson was recognized for her work on embryogenesis, where an understanding of biochemical and physical cues can illuminate how development can go awry.  Brangwynne studies cellular organelles called ribonucleoprotein (RNP) bodies, which can regulate the flow of genetic information, and its dysregulation in disease.  For more information, see the Faculty Scholars press release, as well as the news stories posted by Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, and on the University homepage.