Coleen Murphy receives NIH Pioneer Award

Princeton University faculty members Zemer Gitai, professor of molecular biology, and Coleen Murphy, professor of molecular biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, are among 13 researchers nationwide to receive 2015 Pioneer Awards from the National Institutes of Health. The awards are part of the NIH Common Fund's High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, which supports investigators pursuing bold research projects.

John Storey receives the 2015 COPSS Presidents' Award

John Storey, Princeton University's William R. Harman '63 and Mary-Love Harman Professor in Genomics and professor in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, has received the 2015 COPSS Presidents' Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to statistics by a researcher aged 40 or younger. Presented by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS), the award is one of the most prestigious in the field.

David Botstein and Shirley Tilghman named honorees of the Scientific American Worldview 100

Scientific American Worldview names the top 100 contributors of the biotechnology industry, including David Botstein, Anthony B. Evnin ’62 Professor of Genomics, Emeritus, and Shirley Tilghman, President of the University, Emeritus, and Professor of Molecular Biology, the Lewis-Sigler Institute, and Public Affairs.  The list includes researchers, business experts, and administrators who “continue to reshape biotechnology – and the world.”

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David Botstein: 2015 Double Helix Medal Honoree

David Botstein, the Anthony B. Evnin '62 Professor of Genomics, Emeritus, will be the recipient of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Double Helix Medal in November 2015.  The medal "recognizes exceptional individuals who have dedicated their lives to raising awareness of the importance of genetics research for improving the health of people everywhere." 

FACULTY AWARD: Storey receives Mortimer Spiegelman Award for health statisticians under 40

John Storey, the William R. Harman '63 and Mary-Love Harman Professor in Genomics and professor of Molecular Biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, has been awarded the 2015 Mortimer Spiegelman Award by the American Public Health Association (APHA). The award was created in 1970 to honor a statistician 40 years or younger who has made outstanding contributions to health statistics, especially public health statistics. The award's intent is to encourage talented young statisticians to become involved in public health. Storey, who also is director of Princeton's Center for Statistics and Machine Learning, will receive the award at the 2015 APHA annual meeting in November.

Ariana Strandburg-Peshkin awarded Procter Fellowship

Ariana Strandburg-Peshkin, QCB graduate student, has been awarded a Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year. Established in 1912 in memory of Charlotte Elizabeth Procter by her son, this fellowship acknowledges her distinguished work in the Department of Quantitative and Computational Biology.

Digging for Meaning in the Big Data of Human Biology

A multi-year effort by researchers from Princeton and other universities and medical schools has taken a big step toward extracting knowledge from these big data collections and opening the door to new understanding of human illnesses. Led by Olga Troyanskaya in the Lewis-Sigler Institute of Integrative Genomics, the team used integrative computational analysis to identify how genetic circuits function and change in different tissues relevant to disease. Published in Nature Genetics.

New approach for performing Genome-wide association studies

A  study published in Nature Genetics by Minsun Song, Wei Hao and John Storey reports a powerful new approach for performing Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) while automatically accounting for hidden population structure.

Benjamin Machta, a Lewis-Sigler Theory Fellow, proposes theoretical model

Mechanics Matter: The action potential is associated with action waves. Benjamin Machta a Theory Fellow from the Lewis-Sigler Institute and Ahmed El Hady from the Princeton Neuroscience Institute have proposed a theoretical model to understand the physical origins of mechanical displacements associated with action potential propagation.

Michael Levine named next Director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics

Michael Levine will become the next Director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics in July, 2015.  Levine, who will also have an appointment in the Molecular Biology Department, will join Princeton from the University of California at Berkeley, where he has been a professor since 1996.  The Levine Lab studies the mechanisms of gene expression during embryonic development.  Levine has made seminal contributions toward the understanding of gene expression and gene regulatory networks in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and the sea s