Howard Hughes Medical Institute Announces 2015 HHMI Investigators

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Announces 2015 HHMI Investigators

The in Chevy Chase, Maryland, has announced the selection of twenty-six mid-career biomedical researchers as HHMI Investigators.

Representing nineteen institutions, this year's investigators are working in a variety of disciplines, including biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, computational biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, and virology. Selected as part of a five-year, $153 million initiative that supports basic biomedical research, the scientists will receive their full salary, benefits, and a research budget over a five-year term — renewable contingent on a successful scientific review — with HHMI also covering costs such as research space and  equipment.

Research topics to be explored by this year's investigators include how chromosomes find their way as cells divide; identifying defective cellular machinery in neurodegenerative disease; exploring how cells organize to create the three-dimensional shape of an organism; looking at how genetic information can be used to target cancer more effectively; and exploring how the brain forms memories and how memories help guide decisions.

"Scientific discovery requires original thinking and creativity," said HHMI president Robert Tjian. "Every scientist selected has demonstrated these qualities. One of the most important things we can do at HHMI is to continue to support and encourage the best discovery research. We don't know this for certain, but the ideas that emerge from these labs might one day change the world, and it's our privilege to help make that happen."

For a complete list of the , visit the HHMI website.

"HHMI Selects 26 of the Nation’s Top Biomedical Scientists." Howard Hughes Medical Institute Press Release 05/19/2015.