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Four Princeton Researchers Named HHMI Investigators

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute yesterday named 56 of the nation's most creative biomedical scientists to be given the opportunity to tackle their most ambitious, risky research plans, as they become the newest class of Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigators. The Institute is committing more than $600 million over their first term of appointment.

Among these 56 recipients are four Princeton molecular biologists: Associate Professor Carlos Brody, Professor of Integrative Genomics and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Leonid Kruglyak, Professor of Molecular Biology Yigong Shi, and Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology David Stern.

HHMI chose the 56 scientists from among 1,070 applications submitted in a nationwide competition, which was announced in 2007. Researchers with 4 to 10 years of experience as faculty members at more than 200 institutions were eligible to apply. To evaluate the applications, HHMI assembled review panels of distinguished biomedical scientists.

The investigator program is the Institute's flagship program. It currently employs more than 300 of the nation's most innovative scientists, who lead Hughes laboratories at 64 institutions. These scientists are widely recognized for their creativity and productivity: 124 are members of the National Academy of Sciences and 12 have been honored with the Nobel Prize. For more on the HHMI awards, visit their website.

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