The National Institutes of Health (NIH) presented 89 grants to fund “extraordinarily creative scientists proposing highly innovative research to address major challenges in biomedical science.” The grants are part of the NIH High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program, which supports ideas with the potential for great impact in biomedical research. The following ASCB members have been recognized:

Jan Huisken, principal investigator and director of Medical Engineering at the Morgridge Institute for Research and University of Wisconsin, Madison, received the NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award for his project “An Integrative Cellular Blueprint of Vertebrate Tissue Development.”

The NIH Director’s Pioneer Award went to Daniel A. Colón-Ramos, associate professor of neuroscience and cell biology at the Yale School of Medicine, for his project “Powering the Brain: The Cell Biology of Neuroenergetics.”

NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards were given to:

Stephen N. Floor, assistant professor of cell and tissue biology from the University of California, San Francisco, for his project “The Impact of Human RNA Diversity on Protein Production and Cell Fate.”

Junjie Guo, assistant professor of neuroscience at Yale University School of Medicine, for his project “Molecular and Cellular Determinants of RNA Repeat-Associated Properties.”

Medha M. Pathak, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, for her project “Building the Brain: How Mechanical Forces Shape Human Neural Development.”

Denis Titov, assistant adjunct professor of cell and developmental biology at the University of California, Berkeley, for his project “Genetically Encoded Tools for Manipulation of Metabolism in Vivo.”

Shigeki Watanabe, assistant professor of cell biology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, for his project “Reviving Electron Microscopy for Synaptic Cell Biology.”

Ke Xu, assistant professor of chemistry and a Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator at the University of California, Berkeley, for his project “Intracellular Phase Separation at the Nanoscale: A Functional Super-Resolution Approach.”

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