His innovative approach to defining the structure of the human genome holds great potential for helping us understand the genetic basis of cancer and many other diseases."
Noma's work as a scientist has been marked by ingenuity. As a graduate student in the bioengineering department at Nagaoka University in Japan, he developed a strain of carrot that could grow in the desert. While a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of geneticist Shiv Grewal, Ph.D., at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, he mapped an uncharted region of the fission yeast genome and published the results in Science a notable feat for a fledgling researcher. He went on to further elucidate genome dynamics in fission yeast as a staff scientist at the National Cancer Institute's Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, where he worked prior to joining Wistar in September 2007. Noma's extensive research on yeast informs his current work with the human genome.
In announcing the New Innovator Awards, NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., said, "Nothing is more important to me than stimulating and sustaining deep innovation, especially for early career investigators and despite challenging budgetary times. These highly creative researchers are tackling important scientific challenges with bold ideas and inventive technologies that promise to break through barriers and radically shift our understanding."
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