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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

BMB Faculty Awards

BMB faculty across the spectrum are being honored for their contributions to the greater academic community.

In July 2017, thirty-four early career faculty members were selected to receive Johns Hopkins Catalyst and Discovery Awards, an honor that is accompanied by a grant, mentoring opportunities, and institutional recognition. Recipients include faculty composing new musical work inspired by undiscovered islands, studying blindness to better understand human brain plasticity, and simulating the atmospheres of exoplanets to predict their habitability. Others are investigating treatments and interventions for depression, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV, and Alzheimer’s disease.


BMB faculty Dr. Fengyi Wan received both Catalyst and Discovery Awards.  He received the Catalyst Award for his project The novel role of RNA-binding proteins in T cell-mediated autoimmune neuroinflammation. This research seeks to better understand the role of RNA binding proteins on T cell activation in multiple sclerosis (MS) and autoimmune neuroinflammation, with the goal of identifying novel targets for rational drug development for MS.

Also, Dr. Wan, collaborated with Dr. Honggang Cui from the School of Engineering, received the Discovery Award for his project "Local Immunotherapy with Tumor-Penetrating Hydrogels". 


Three faculty from BMB, Drs. Jordan, Wan and Leung received the 2017 Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards.

The Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards provide grant awards to cross-divisional teams, comprised of faculty and/or non-faculty members from at least two schools or affiliates of the university, who are poised to arrive at important discoveries or creative works. The expectation is that these awards will spark new, synergistic interactions between investigators across the institution and lead to work of the highest quality and impact. Discovery Awards, given this year to 85 faculty members, range from $100,000 for pioneering collaborative work to $150,000 for projects seeking larger grants from outside the university.

Dr. Jordan’s team and Dr. Wan’s team respectively got $100,000 (23 awards total this year for this category) and Dr. Leung’s team got one of the three $150,000 award this year.


BMB faculty Dr. Anthony Leung together with Dr. Sua Myong from Arts & Sciences and Dr. Marc Greenberg from Arts & Sciences, received a 2017 Johns Hopkins Discovery Award for their project: Uncovering Poly(ADP-ribose) Biology in Non-membranous Structures.






BMB faculty Dr. Phil Jordan, together with Dr. Andrew Holland from the School of Medicine, received a 2017 Johns Hopkins Discovery Award for their project: A new generation of models for rapid and conditional inactivation of proteins in stem cells and mice.


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