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Prof. Yvonne Chen received a NIH Director’s Early Independence Award

Yvonne Chen, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Early Independence Award. The award seeks to "encourage junior scientists who have demonstrated outstanding scientific creativity, intellectual maturity, and leadership skills with the opportunity to conduct independent biomedical or behavioral research by skipping the traditional post-doctoral training period."

Yvonne Chen, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Early Independence Award. The award seeks to "encourage junior scientists who have demonstrated outstanding scientific creativity, intellectual maturity, and leadership skills with the opportunity to conduct independent biomedical or behavioral research by skipping the traditional post-doctoral training period."

 
Chen, who received her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2011, conducts research in synthetic biology and cell-based immunotherapy. Her project for the NIH award, for which she will receive about $1.25 million in research funding over five years, is titled, "Engineering of computational receptors and gene circuits for T-cell immunotherapy." Chen is currently on leave of absence from UCLA as she completes a 2011-13 program as a Junior Fellow with the Society of Fellows at Harvard University.

Find more information on the Early Independence Award at this NIH website.