New gene-editing system enables large-scale studies of gene function.
Six MIT faculty members are among the 100 recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
The 1997 Sloan Fellows from the Institute are Assistant Professor Michael P. Brenner of mathematics, Professor Christopher C. Cummins and Assistant Professor Gregory C. Fu of chemistry, Associate Professor Julie Dorsey of architecture, and Assistant Professors David R. Karger and Seth J. Teller of electrical engineering and computer science. MIT was tied with the University of California at Berkeley for the most winners among the 49 universities represented by this year's fellowship recipients.
They are selected from young scientists nominated "on the basis of their exceptional promise to contribute to the advancement of knowledge." Dean of Science Robert J. Birgeneau was on the 18-member national committee that reviewed more than 400 nominations this year.
Sloan Fellows receive grants of $35,000 for two years. Since the program began in 1955, the Sloan Foundation has awarded more than $75 million to support more than 3,200 young scientists, 21 of whom have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 30, 1997.