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r Bobst Professor of Pharmacology and co-director of the Penn Genome Frontiers Institute, who will use groups of RNA molecules to modify cellular properties.

  • Joshua M. Epstein, Ph.D., Brookings Institution Center on Social and Economic Dynamics director and Santa Fe Institute external professor, who will integrate behavioral factors into models of the development and progression of infectious and chronic diseases.

  • Bruce A. Hay, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology associate professor of biology, who will pursue a strategy for preventing malaria in humans by introducing disease transmission-blocking genes into mosquito populations.

  • Ann Hochschild, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, who will use bacterial systems to study infectious particles called prions.

  • Charles M. Lieber, Ph.D., Harvard University professor of chemistry, who will develop interfaces between nanoelectronic devices and cells to create new biomaterials and tools for studying the brain.

  • Barry London, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh professor of medicine, who will develop new techniques to image electrical activity of the heart and identify those at risk of sudden cardiac death.

  • Tom Maniatis, Ph.D., Harvard University professor of molecular and cellular biology, who will use stem cells to examine the mechanisms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disease of motor neurons.

  • Teri W. Odom, Ph.D., Northwestern University associate professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering, who will create metallic nanomaterials to improve the ability to study subcellular structure in three dimensions.

  • Hongkun Park, Ph.D., Harvard University professor of chemistry and of physics, who will develop new nano- and microelectronic tools that enable the meticulous study of the design principles of the brain.

  • Aviv Regev,

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