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4 Boston College faculty members named Sloan Research Fellows
Date:2/15/2012

istant Professor of Biology Michelle Meyer's comparative genomics research focuses on computational biology, the discovery and validation of non-coding RNA, and the molecular evolution of RNA and protein structures.

Her proposal to the foundation focused on work researchers in her lab are doing to learn more about how RNA molecules adapt much more quickly than proteins to mutational change. Discoveries in this area could one day contribute to a growing body of research seeking to develop targeted antibiotics and other therapies.

"I am very honored to be selected by the Sloan Foundation," said Meyer, who earned her PhD at the California Institute of Technology. "Receiving an honor like this is an amazing opportunity. I'm grateful to the Sloan Foundation for dedicating support to fundamental science and making these opportunities available to researchers like me."

Assistant Professor of Physics Ying Ran, who earned his doctorate from MIT, is a theoretical physicist whose primary research interests lay in quantum condensed matter theory, in particular the discovery of novel properties that transcend the traditional understanding of matter. His work looks at the potential of materials such as high temperature superconductors, "frustrated" magnets and topological insulators.

"I am very excited and grateful for this award," said Ran. "My work will continue to focus on doing good, basic science in order to live up to this honor."

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dunwei Wang's research has focused on the science of clean energy conversion and storage. In particular, Wang's experimental work has developed new nanostructures and sheds new light on how these novel materials' influence their physical, particularly electrical, properties.

Wang's lab has developed a web-like Nanonet structure that provides added surface area and increased electrical efficiency. Wang's Nanonets have made advances in harvesting hydrogen through
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Contact: Ed Hayward
ed.hayward@bc.edu
Boston College
Source:Eurekalert

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