Seven scientists awarded grants for high-risk, high-return research

Manu Prakash
Manu Prakash is among the Stanford scientists receiving National Institutes of Health awards for high-risk, high-return research.

Seven Stanford scientists have received awards from the National Institutes of Health totaling $11.5 million to pursue high-risk, high-reward research.

They are among the 78 recipients of the 2015 Pioneer, New Innovator, Transformative Research and Early Independence awards. The awards are designed to encourage scientists to pursue creative research projects with the potential of leading to big improvements in health care.

TONY WYSS-CORAY, professor of neurology and neurological sciences, and a senior research career scientist at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration, received a Pioneer Award.

The New Innovator Award provides $1.5 million over five years to fund innovative research by an investigator who has not yet received a research project grant or the equivalent from the NIH. Stanford award winners are:

SANJAY BASU, assistant professor of medicine, who specializes in the development of mathematical models that help improve disease-prevention programs.

JESSICA FELDMAN, assistant professor of biology, who studies cell specialization, which is a critical step in development and for normal physiology.

LIANG FENG, assistant professor of molecular and cellular physiology, who will use his award to study the molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease.

JULIANA IDOYAGA, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, who aims to create better treatments for autoimmune diseases.

DANIEL JAROSZ, assistant professor of chemical and system biology and of developmental biology, who plans to use his award for new work characterizing prionlike complexes formed by molecules that regulate cellular information flows.

MANU PRAKASH, assistant professor of bioengineering, who works in the broad area of organismic biophysics and frugal science, developing low-cost, precision measurement tools for the masses.

Read the entire story on the Stanford Medicine News Center website.