Navigation Links
Stanford's Markus Covert wins Paul Allen Distinguished Investigator Award
Date:3/8/2013

Markus Covert, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, has been awarded a $1.5 million Distinguished Investigator exploratory grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Covert was one of five recipients of this year's award, which, according to the foundation, "aims to unlock fundamental questions in biology."

Covert's research involves building complex computer models of living organisms. Last year, he announced completion of the world's first whole-cell computer model of a simple bacterium. The three-year Allen grant will support Covert's on-going work to develop models of cells of increasing complexity, including human cells.

"Recently our lab built a computer model that takes every single gene into account for a single cell, but we still have a long way to go before this technology is ready to apply to complex organisms," said Covert, who works in the Department of Bioengineering, a joint effort of the School of Engineering and the School of Medicine. "The Allen Foundation's generous award will enable us to solve some of the most critical challenges posed by more complicated cells."

The competitive Allen Distinguished Investigators program funds only a handful of ambitious, creative projects each yearthe sort that do not typically receive support from traditional sources. This year's winners were united in pursuing questions of cellular decision making and modeling of dynamic biological systems, said the Allen Foundation in a press release.

"I've always been drawn to the big open questions of science. But the pioneering scientists working to answer them can't promise quick discoveries and often find it difficult to get funding from traditional sources," said Paul G. Allen. "For us to make progress, we must take risks and invest now in this early-stage, cutting-edge research."

"It's a real thrill to get an award like this, alongside other awardees that I greatly admire and especially from Paul Allen, whose cutting-edge innovations have had such an impact on computation and the world," said Covert.


'/>"/>

Contact: Andrew Myers
admyers@stanford.edu
650-736-2245
Stanford School of Engineering
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Survival of the fittest -- ESF hosts session on the challenges of life in extreme environments
2. European grasslands challenge rainforests as the most species-rich spaces on Earth
3. Internet and new drugs: A challenge for public health
4. New research reveals challenges in genetically engineered crop regulatory process
5. Lawson recieves Grand Challenges Explorations grant for groundbreaking research
6. Boston Healthcare Associates Roundtable Explores Challenges and Opportunities Surrounding the Value of Big Data within the Life Sciences
7. Report addresses challenges in implementing new diagnostic tests where they are needed most
8. Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge shortlists 2012 projects
9. UCLAs Yi Tang receives Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from EPA
10. Parents say that healthy eating is challenging for youth who play sports
11. Recruitment by genotype for genetic research poses ethical challenges, study finds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/16/2017)...  Veratad Technologies, LLC ( www.veratad.com ), an innovative ... verification solutions, announced today they will participate as a ... thru May 17, 2017, in Washington D.C.,s ... Identity impacts the lives of billions ... evolving digital world, defining identity is critical to nearly ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... , April 24, 2017 ... and partner with  Identity Strategy Partners, LLP (IdSP) ... "With or without President Trump,s March 6, 2017 ... Terrorist Entry , refugee vetting can be instilled with ... resettlement. (Right now, all refugee applications are suspended ...
(Date:4/17/2017)... , April 17, 2017 NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... announces the filing of its 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K ... Commission. ... 10-K is available in the Investor Relations section of the Company,s ... the SEC,s website at http://www.sec.gov . 2016 Year ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/22/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 22, 2017 , ... The first ... took 20 years until the first data on cross-contamination of human cell lines with ... been an increasing issue in cell culture labs and is associated with dramatic consequences ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... 20, 2017 , ... HorizonScan is providing food and ingredient ... likely threat to their products at the annual IFT conference in Las Vegas, ... expo attracts over 20,000 attendees representing food science professionals from over 90 countries ...
(Date:6/19/2017)... ... June 19, 2017 , ... ... activities supporting EDETEK’s products including training, implementation, support, and client process and SOP ... role. He has previously held leadership roles for service providers and top-tier pharmaceuticals, ...
(Date:6/16/2017)... ... June 16, 2017 , ... Cambridge ... announced that its Anzo Smart Data Lake® (Anzo SDL) solution was named ... the 2017 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. , Finalists ...
Breaking Biology Technology: