Ran Blekhman (GCD/EEB) was named a 2016 Sloan Research Fellow in the field of computational and evolutionary molecular biology. He is among 126 American and Canadian researchers to receive the distinction this year, including investigators from 52 colleges and universities.
The fellowships, awarded annually since 1955, are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars among the next generation of scientific leaders. The $55,000 fellowship begins September 15, 2016 and is for a two-year period.
Fellowships are awarded in eight scientific fields: chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics. To qualify, candidates must first be nominated by fellow scientists and subsequently selected by an independent panel of senior scholars. Since its inception, 43 fellows have been awarded the Nobel Prize in their respective fields.
"I am incredibly honored to receive this fellowship, and humbled to be a part of this amazing group of scholars," says Blekhman. "This is a great boost for our research and I am excited about what's coming next."
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