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Nelson Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

Celeste Nelson, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and associated faculty in Molecular Biology, has been named a 2010 Sloan Fellow, in the field of molecular biology. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation established the Fellowships in 1955 to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded “in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field”, and come with a $50,000 unrestricted research grant.

As a Sloan Fellow, Professor Nelson will work to build a unifying theory of tissue morphogenesis: how simple sheets and tubes of cells are remodeled to form the more complex structures of functional organs, such as lungs, kidneys, and mammary glands.