Now on the homepage is the exciting news that Martin Jonikas, whose research investigates a tiny structure in green algae with the potential to revolutionize agriculture, health and energy, has been named a 2021 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator, one of the most sought-after awards in biomedical research. Like the other 32 new HHMI Investigators, Jonikas will receive about $9 million over a seven-year term, and the award is renewable.
Jonikas and the researchers in his lab study photosynthesis, the source of energy for nearly all life on Earth. They focus on a microscopic structure found in algae — but not plants — that makes algae much more efficient at turning carbon dioxide into sugars.
“The most amazing machines on Earth are living organisms,” he said.
Find out more, full story by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications: https://www.princeton.edu/news/2021/09/30/martin-jonikas-selected-howard-hughes-medical-investigator