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UC Riverside botanist receives high honor from Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Date:6/16/2011

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Xuemei Chen, a professor of plant cell and molecular biology at the University of California, Riverside, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (HHMI-GBMF) Investigator.

Nationwide, only 15 HHMI-GBMF Investigators have been selected from 239 applicants "who have led independent laboratories at one of the approximately 200 U.S. medical schools, universities, and research institutes that are eligible for this competition."

"Traditionally, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has funded a small but very elite group of biomedical scientists," said Thomas O. Baldwin, the dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. "Recently it has realized that research in plants has applications to human health. Dr. Chen's research on small RNA truly fits the model of an HHMI investigator as a world-class scientist. She is such a scientist and will represent UC Riverside well."

Each HHMI-GBMF Investigator will receive substantial research support while remaining affiliated with his/her home institution.

"We selected an outstanding group of plant scientists who will make extraordinary contributions to the field," said Jack E. Dixon, HHMI Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is a new HHMI program to support highly promising scientists from a range of disciplines relevant to plant sciences research.

"Xuemei Chen's appointment as an HHMI-GBMF Investigator is extremely well deserved," said Natasha Raikhel, director of UCR's Institute for Integrative Genome Biology, of which Chen is a member. "This is the first HHMI appointment at UCR and a huge step forward
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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
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