CSHL genome researcher Emily Hodges, Ph.D., named a Blavatnik Award finalist

Cold Spring Harbor, NY --
CSHL genome researcher Emily Hodges, Ph.D., has been named one of five finalists in the annual Regional Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, it has been announced by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. 

Dr. Hodges, who was cited for her postdoctoral work in genetics and genomics, will receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds from the foundation.  Hodges received her Ph.D. from the Karolinska Institute in 2006.  After completing her postdoctoral work on next-generation sequencing for targeted genomics under the mentorship of CSHL Professor and HHMI Investigator Gregory Hannon, Hodges was promoted to CSHL Research Investigator, a position she now holds. 

Hodges’ most recent work involves the use of epigenomic profiling to understand the role of DNA methylation in gene regulation and cell fate specification during development.

emily_hodges_award62013 The Regional Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists program was established in 2007 to acknowledge and celebrate the excellence of the most noteworthy postdoctoral scientists age 42 or under, who work in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  The Blavatnik Awards recognize highly innovative, impactful, and interdisciplinary accomplishments in the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering.  Next year, the awards will expand to a national scope, from the current focus on the New York tri-state region.

The judging panel is comprised of more than 60 leading scientists from over 30 scientific disciplines, who evaluate applications based on the quality of the research, the breadth of impact, and the innovativeness of the approach

“Emily has been a critical member of Greg Hannon’s laboratory team since 2006,” said CSHL Director of Research David L. Spector.  “I join President Bruce Stillman and the faculty in congratulating her; we are very proud.”

The winners and finalists of the Regional Blavatnik Awards program are presented at the New York Academy of Sciences' Science & the City Gala, held every November in New York City.

About The Blavatnik Family Foundation

The Blavatnik Family Foundation is an active supporter of leading educational, scientific, cultural, and charitable institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, and throughout the world. The Foundation is headed by Len Blavatnik, an American industrialist and philanthropist.  For more detailed biographical information on Len Blavatnik or Access Industries, please visit: www.accessindustries.com.

About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. CSHL is ranked number one in the world by Thomson Reuters for impact of its research in molecular biology and genetics. The Laboratory has been home to eight Nobel Prize winners. For more information, visit www.cshl.edu.