The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has selected Assistant Professor Xue Han (BME) as winner of a 2011 Sloan Research Fellowship for her work in neuroscience. She is one of only 118 early-career researchers recognized nationally.
Sloan Fellows are selected for outstanding achievement and promise to significantly impact their fields. Drawn from 54 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, this year’s fellows represent the fields of chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience and physics. Potential fellows are nominated by their peers and subsequently selected by an independent panel of senior scholars.
“The scientists and researchers selected for this year’s Sloan Research Fellowships represent the very brightest rising stars of this generation of scholars,” said Dr. Paul L. Joskow, President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “The Foundation is proud to be able to support their work at this important stage in their careers.”
“I’m honored to receive this award and appreciate the Sloan Foundation’s support for our work,” said Han.
Han’s research focuses on developing radical new genetic, molecular and optical neuro-technologies, and application protocols to treat brain disorders, one of the nation’s greatest medical challenges. The main thrust of this research is to correct neural circuits that go awry within the brain. Toward that end, the group has pioneered several technologies for silencing specific cells in the brain using pulses of light.