Assistant Professor of Neurobiology Lu Chen has been selected as a 2005 Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research by the W.M. Keck Foundation.
Recipients of this prestigious award are selected for their research in the fundamental mechanisms of human disease and receive up to $1 million dollars over five years.
Dr. Chen was selected for her work developing "a novel hybrid cell system to explore how signaling proteins interact at nerve synapses. A variety of experimental methods will control which proteins interact. Such research could point the way toward creating functional synapses that might reverse conditions such as age-related cognitive decline."
To read more about Dr. Chen's research visit her Research Interest webpage.