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.

Past Fellows

  • Developmental biology, chromatin biology, gene regulation, and cell cycle control
  • Systems Biology, Network Biology, Functional Genomics
  • Physical properties and self-assembly of biological structures such as tissue and the cellular cytoskeleton
  • Optical Microscopy | Drug Delivery | Drug-membrane Interactions.
  • Cellular and Molecular Structure and Function. Functional Genomics and Proteomics.
  • Ivana Cvijovic
    Immunology, Population Genetics, Evolutionary Dynamics
  • Population Genetics, Experimental Evolution.
  • genome evolution, yeast genetics, copy number variation.
  • biophysics, theoretical statistical mechanics, cell and structural biology.
  • Brain function, development and adaptive self-organization
  • Andrew Leifer
    Optical neurophysiology of behavior
  • Statistical mechanics of membrane systems
  • Systems Biology, Biophysics
  • Characterization and manipulation of the protein-DNA interface
  • Evolutionary Pharmacology
  • Nanotechnology, Molecular Imaging & Systems Biology.
  • Biophysics of Embryonic Development, Regeneration and Asexual Reproduction.