Through the program, fifteen early-career scientists from eleven U.S. institutions will receive up to $1.4 million over eight years as well as access to mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI community from their early postdoctoral years through several years of a tenure-track faculty position. Research interests of the inaugural class of fellows, all of them recent PhD recipients, span a range of disciplines, including chemical biology, computational biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, structural biology, and systems biology.
The fellows program is named for Hanna Holborn Gray, former chair of the HHMI board of trustees and a former president of the University of Chicago. Under Gray's leadership, HHMI developed a number initiatives aimed at fostering diversity in science education. To that end, the program aims to recruit and retain emerging scientists from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to become leaders in academic research.
"I'm excited about this program because I think it will have a positive impact on science," said HHMI president Erin O'Shea. "We have so many challenges in keeping the best people from diverse groups in the professoriate. But I think this program can drive real change in academia and have a catalytic effect on the next generation of students."
For a complete list of this year's Hanna Gray Fellows, see the HHMI website.