The scientific goals of the Institute require new approaches to studying the properties of living organisms. To promote innovation and creativity, the Institute uses the gift of $35 million from Peter B. Lewis, Class of 1955, to provide generous salary and research support for early career scientists at the beginning of their independent research careers. The intent of this program is to release these scientists from the requirement to raise their own grant support, and to encourage risk taking in their research.

The program is used to attract early career scientists to the Institute with diverse backgrounds and exceptional promise, people who will eventually populate the new interdisciplinary field of integrative genomics. They are largely drawn from the ranks of recent Ph.D. graduates, and conduct their independent research under the mentorship of the Institute. Appointments are for a non-renewable term of 5 years. The Institute provides an exceptional, one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary environment and research funds for these term appointments.

In addition, the Lewis-Sigler Fellows play an important role in the undergraduate teaching mission of the Institute, developing the laboratory components and running the precepts for the Integrated Science Curriculum.

Category : Lewis-Sigler Fellow
Name Title Field/Research Summary Office Phone Email
Amanda Amodeo Amanda A. Amodeo Associate Research Scholar, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. Lecturer in Molecular Biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. Developmental biology, chromatin biology, gene regulation, and cell cycle control 226 Carl Icahn Laboratory 609-258-9406
Anastasia Baryshnikova Anastasia Baryshnikova Associate Research Scholar, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. Lecturer in Molecular Biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. Systems Biology, Network Biology, Functional Genomics 137A Carl Icahn Laboratory 609-258-6321
Andrew Leifer Andrew Leifer Associate Research Scholar, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. Lecturer in Physics and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. Optical neurophysiology of behavior 170 Carl Icahn Laboratory 609-258-2973
Benjamin B. Machta Benjamin B. Machta Associate Research Scholar, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. Lecturer in Physics and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. Statistical mechanics of membrane systems 263 Carl Icahn Laboratory 609-258-7194
Category : Past Lewis-Sigler Fellow
Name Title Field/Research Summary Office Phone Email
Chase P. Broedersz Chase P. Broedersz (2011-2015) Currently: Professor, Physics, at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich Physical properties and self-assembly of biological structures such as tissue and the cellular cytoskeleton
Tessa Calhoun Tessa Calhoun (2010-2013). Currently: Assistant Professor - Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Optical Microscopy | Drug Delivery | Drug-membrane Interactions.
Amy Caudy Amy Caudy (2005-2011). Currently: Assistant Professor, the Donnelly Centre for Cellular + Biomolecular Research Department of Molecular Genetics University of Toronto. Cellular and Molecular Structure and Function. Functional Genomics and Proteomics.
Michael M. Desai Michael M. Desai (2006-2010). Currently: Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and of Physics at Harvard University. Population Genetics, Experimental Evolution.
Maitreya Dunham Maitreya Dunham (2003-2008). Currently: Associate Professor of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. genome evolution, yeast genetics, copy number variation.
Jeremy England Jeremy England (2009-2011). Currently: Thomas D. and Virginia W. Cabot Career Development Assistant Professor of Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology biophysics, theoretical statistical mechanics, cell and structural biology.
Matthias Kaschube Matthias Kaschube (2006-2011). Currently: Professor for "Computational Neuroscience / Computational Vision" at the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology (BFNT) Frankfurt, the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies and the Goethe University in Frankfurt. Brain function, development and adaptive self-organization
Megan N. McClean Megan N. McClean (2009-2015). Currently: Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison Systems Biology, Biophysics
Marcus B. Noyes Marcus B. Noyes (2009-2015) Currently: Faculty at NYU, the Institute for Systems Genetics (ISG) Characterization and manipulation of the protein-DNA interface
Ethan Perlstein Ethan Perlstein (2007-2012). Currently: Founder & CEO of Perlstein Lab. Evolutionary Pharmacology
William S. Ryu William S. Ryu (2003-2008). Currently: Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Donnelly Center, University of Toronto. Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging & Systems Biology.
Eva-Maria Schoetz Eva-Maria Schoetz (2007-2012). Currently: Assistant professor of physics and biology University of California, San Diego. Biophysics of Embryonic Development, Regeneration and Asexual Reproduction.