Career Development Awards

2012

Hu Cang, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Wait Advanced Biophotonics Center at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, will receive research funding from the foundation for the three year period 2013-2015.

Dr. Cang's proposed research, Developing a Single Molecule Light-Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy to Image Intracellular Amyloidogenic Process, seeks to design a new and unique lens system for optical microscopes that achieve the same resolution levels as that of an electron microscope.

2011

George Sen, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine/Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego, will receive research funding from the foundation for the three year period 2012-2014.

Dr. Sen's proposed research, Mapping the Methylome during Human Tumor Formation and the Development of Novel Methodologies to Comprehensively Map the Human Methylome, will allow systematic characterization of the changes in DNA methylation that occur during tumorigenesis in an inducible, in-vivo human tumor model.

2010

Emily Troemel, PhD, Assistant Professor in Biology, Section of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, San Diego, will receive research funding from the foundation for the three year period 2011-2013.

Dr. Troemel's proposed research, Host/Pathogen Interactions in a Simple Animal Host, will seek to elucidate novel innate immune pathways by using genetic methods to identify C. elegans defense pathways that are activated by bacterial infection, as well as the pathogen components that trigger these pathways.

2009

Jill Leutgeb, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Neurobiology Section of Division of Biological Sciences at University of California-San Diego, will receive research funding from the foundation for the three year period 2010-2012.

Dr. Leutgeb's proposed research, Neural Network Mechanisms for the Encoding of New Memories, will focus on how information about the temporal order of events is combined with spatial or contextual information within the hippocampus to form a unique memory trace about what, where and when an event occurred.

2008

Tatyana Sharpee, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, will receive research funding from the foundation for the three year period 2009-2011.

Dr. Sharpee's proposed research, Searching for a Universal Code in Neural Transmission, aims to develop a computational algorithm to analyze the structure of neural code across many different species, sensory modalities, and types of stimuli, as well as across multiple stages of neural signal processing.

2007

Lei Wang, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Chemical Biology and Proteomics Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, received research funding from the foundation for the three year period 2008-2010.

Dr. Wang's proposed research, In vivo Visualization of Wnt Trafficking and Secretion in Caenorhabditis elegans, will genetically encode novel amino acids in C. elegans to enable live, in vivo visualization of Wnt proteins, allowing the secretion and movement of the protein to be determined in real time.

2006

Dorian B. McGavern, PhD, formerly Associate Professor in the Molecular and Integrative Neurosciences Department at The Scripps Research Institute, now at NIH, received research funding from the foundation for the three year period 2007-2009.

Dr. McGavern's proposed research, Neuronal Regulation of Adaptive Immunity, focuses on novel mechanisms by which neurons modulate immune function in the central nervous system, in particular the central role played by the major histocompatibility complex I.

2005

Gentry Patrick, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology at University of California, San Diego, received research funding from the foundation for the three year period 2006-2008.

Dr. Patrick's proposed research, The Role of the Ubiquitin Proteasome System (UPS) in Synaptic Plasticity and Neurodegenerative Disease, focuses on activity-mediated changes in the protein composition of mammalian synapses by the UPS, one of the major cellular pathways controlling protein turnover in eukaryotic cells.

2004

Jeffrey A. Long, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Plant Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, received research funding from the foundation for the three year period 2005-2007.

Dr. Long's proposed research, Investigating the Connection Between Radial Polarity and Apical/Basal Polarity in Arabidopsis embryogenesis, focuses on uncovering the molecular basis and mechanisms by which cell differentiation occurs in plant embryogenesis.

2003

James G. Umen, PhD, formerly Assistant Professor in the Plant Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, now at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, received research funding from the foundation for the three year period 2004-2006.

Dr. Umen's proposed research, Chemical Genetic Dissection of Cell-Size Control Mechanisms by the RB Tumor Suppressor Pathway, focuses on developing a novel approach to study size homeostasis in the model eukaryote Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.

2002

Joseph G. Gleeson, MD, Associate Professor in Neurosciences at University of California, San Diego, received research funding from the foundation for the three year period 2003-2005.

Dr. Gleeson's proposed research, Mouse Mutagenesis Screen for Developmental Brain Defects, focuses on developing MRI techniques to screen for brain morphological defects in dead mouse pups using high-throughput technology. These techniques will be used to identify mouse families with novel heritable brain developmental defects.

Foundation Fellowship Awards

2015

David Gonzalez, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at University of California, San Diego, received research funding from the foundation in 2015. Dr. Gonzalez's research centers on mass spectrometry based drug discovery.

2007

Lisa Boulanger, PhD, formerly Assistant Professor of Biology at University of California, San Diego, now Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, received research funding from the foundation in 2007. Dr. Boulanger's research focuses on how proteins of the immune system participate in normal brain development and synaptic plasticity.

2004

Tracy L. Johnson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology at University of California, San Diego, received research funding from the foundation in 2004. Dr. Johnson's research seeks to exploit the power of yeast genetics and biochemistry to study eukaryotic gene expression in the model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae.