The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has named Princeton postdoctoral researcher Sofia Quinodoz a 2020 Hannah Gray Fellow, bolstering her study into how the structures within cells contribute to disease.
Quinodoz will receive up to $1.4 million over the next eight years, funding her bioengineering research at Princeton and granting her startup funds for an unspecified future role as a principal investigator. The fellowship also connects her to a growing network of diverse, early-career researchers who are tackling the most urgent problems in the life sciences.
"Sofi is an absolutely fantastic scientist who is already having a major impact in my laboratory," said her advisor Cliff Brangwynne, the June K. Wu ’92 Professor in Engineering. "It’s no surprise that she is being honored with the most prestigious fellowship in the life sciences. The Hannah Gray fellowship adds rocket fuel to Sofi’s already impressive trajectory."
The Hannah H. Gray Fellows program supports researchers from underrepresented groups who have the potential to become academic leaders. The support comes at a critical time in these scientists' careers — the transition from student to postdoctoral researcher to principal investigator — often seen as a bottleneck in the academic pipeline.