Dr. Coleen Murphy (Molecular Biology/LSI)
Dr. Murphy received her B.S. in Biophysical and Biochemical Sciences from the University of Houston and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Stanford University. As an LSRF and Ellison postdoctoral fellow at UCSF, she studied the transcriptional regulation of C. elegans longevity. In her own lab at Princeton she has focused on early aging phenotypes, including reproductive cessation and age-related decline of learning and memory, developing quantitative assays of these behaviors. Dr. Murphy has received young scholar awards from the Sloan Foundation, March of Dimes, Pew Foundation, Keck Fund, McKnight Foundation, NIH New Innovator, and the Glenn Foundation.
Murphy Lab: http://www.molbio1.princeton.edu/labs/murphy/
Dr. Howard Stone (Mechanical Engineering)
In 2008, Stone was the winner of the inaugural Batchelor Prize sponsored by the Journal of Fluid Mechanics for the breadth and depth of his research over a 10-year period (1998-2007) and for his widely acknowledged leadership in fluid mechanics generally. Stone did his undergraduate studies at University of California at Davis and earned his Ph.D. at Caltech. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1989 after spending one year as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University.
His research has been concerned with a variety of fundamental problems in fluid motions dominated by viscosity, so-called low Reynolds number flows, and has frequently featured a combination of theory, computer simulation and modeling, and experiments to provide a quantitative understanding of the flow phenomenon under investigation. Stone's studies have also been directed toward heat transfer and mass transfer problems involving convection, diffusion and surface reactions. He has made contributions to a wide range of problems involving effects of surface tension, buoyancy, fluid rotation, and surfactants. He has also studied problems concerning the flow of lipid bilayers and monolayers, and has investigated the motions of particles suspended in such interfacial layers.
In 2000, Stone was named a Harvard College Professor, an appointment established in 1997 to honor outstanding service to undergraduate education. He credited his students for making teaching enjoyable: "They have been a source of questions, insights, and continued learning for me." The following quote, he said, summarizes his philosophy of teaching: "‘The sickness of man lies in his fondness for playing teacher to others. Thus in a world full of gurus, I claim merely the title of a guide, to be dismissed at the end of the journey.’”
Dr. Zemer Gitai (Molecular Biology)
Dr. Gitai received his B.Sc. in Biology from MIT and his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from UCSF. As a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford, he studied the dynamics, function, and regulation of the newly-discovered bacterial actin, MreB. In his own lab at Princeton he has focused on bacterial cell biology, including developing new methods for imaging bacteria and dissecting cytoskeletal function and regulation. Dr. Gitai has also focused on identifying novel roles for self-organization in unexpected processes such as metabolism, pathogenesis, and aging. Dr. Gitai has received a Beckman Young Investigator award and an NIH New Innovator award.
Gitai Lab: http://www.molbio1.princeton.edu/labs/gitai/
Dr. Mala Murthy (Mol Bio/Princeton Neuroscience Institute)
Dr. Murthy has a broad background in the fields of genetics, molecular biology, and neuroscience. She was an undergraduate at MIT, where she majored in Biology and completed her senior thesis on the genetics of aging in yeast in Dr. Leonard Guarente’s lab. As a graduate student in Neuroscience at Stanford University (in Dr. Tom Schwarz’s lab), she studied vesicle trafficking mechanisms in the fruit fly, Drosophila. As a Helen Hay Whitney postdoctoral fellow at Caltech in Dr. Gilles Laurent’s lab, she studied the neural codes, or patterns of electrical activity, underlying odor detection in flies. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University, her lab is focused on both olfactory and auditory perception in flies. The Murthy lab uses a combination of genetics, behavior, in vivo electrophysiology and functional imaging, comparative approaches, and computational methods to address how the brain converts sensory stimuli (such as odors and sounds) into meaningful representations, and how these representations are then used to drive behavioral responses. Dr. Murthy is the recipient of several early investigator awards, including ones from the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Klingenstein Fund, and the McKnight Foundation. Murthy Lab: http://www.molbio1.princeton.edu/labs/murthy/lab/Home.html
Dr. Josh Shaevitz (Physics/LSI)
Dr. Shaevitz received his B.A. in Physics from Columbia University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Stanford University. As a Miller Research Fellow at UC Berkeley, he studied the movement of microorganisms using novel forms of microscopy. The Shaevitz lab at Princeton focuses on precision measurements in biology using tractable model systems to probe the emergence of cellular- and population-level order in prokaryotes and the origins of stereotyped behaviors in animals. Dr. Shaevitz has received awards from the National Science Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Human Frontier Science Program, and the Sloan Foundation. In 2009, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the White House Office of Science and Technology.
Shaevitz Lab: https://sites.google.com/site/shaevitzlab/
Dr. Olga Troyanskaya (Computer Science/LSI)
Olga Troyanskaya is an Associate Professor in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics and the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University, USA. Her work bridges computer science and molecular biology in an effort to develop better methods for analysis of diverse genomic data with the goal of understanding and modeling the function, interactions, and regulation of diverse biomolecules in biological pathways. Her group includes computational and experimental aspects, and tackles diverse questions including developing integrative technologies for pathway prediction and the study of biological networks in aging and complex human disease. Dr. Troyanskaya is an Associate Editor for Bioinformatics, PLOS Computational Biology, and G3, and co-Editor of the Computational Biology book series from Springer. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2003, and is a recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship, the NSF CAREER award, the Howard Wentz faculty award from Princeton University, and the Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists Finalist Award. She has also been honored as one of the top young technology innovators by the MIT Technology Review and is the 2011 recipient of the Overton Prize from the International Society for Computational Biology.
Troyanskaya Lab: http://reducio.princeton.edu/cm/