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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Names Four UCSF Researchers as Faculty Scholars

New Program to Support Promising Early-Career Scientists

By | September 22, 2016

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Names Four UCSF Researchers as Faculty Scholars

Four UC San Francisco researchers are among the 84 Faculty Scholars named Thursday by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Simons Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in a new program to support promising early-career scientists.

Portrait of Markus Muschen
Markus Muschen, MD, PhD

The four UCSF researchers are Edward Chang, MD, professor of neurological surgery in the School of Medicine; Michael Fischbach, PhD, associate professor of bioengineering in the School of Pharmacy; Adam Frost, MD, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and biophysics in the School of Medicine; and Markus Muschen, MD, PhD, professor of laboratory medicine at the School of Medicine and co-leader of the Hematopoietic Malignancies Program at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Chang, Frost, and Müschen are HHMI Faculty Scholars, and Fischbach is an HHMI-Simons Faculty Scholar.

The philanthropies will spend $83 million on the first cohort of Faculty Scholars through five-year grants that range from $600,000 to $1.8 million. The Faculty Scholars are early-career researchers with five to 10 years of faculty experience selected for their potential for significant research productivity and originality.

Portrait of Edward Chang
Edward Chang, MD

“Support for outstanding early-career scientists is essential for continued progress in science in future years,” said Marian Carlson, Director of Life Sciences at the Simons Foundation, in a press release.