Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Assistant Professor Lucas Cheadle has been selected as a McKnight Scholar. He was selected for his work on microglia, a specialized class of immune cells in the brain. Cheadle and his team identified an important role for microglia in sculpting neural circuits in response to sensory experience. The McKnight Award will support a research project focused on defining the molecular and genomic mechanisms underlying the ability of microglia to detect and respond to information from the external environment.
The McKnight Scholar Award encourages neuroscientists in the early stages of their careers to focus on disorders of learning and memory, and is awarded for work that would have immediate and significant impact on clinically relevant issues. Given by the McKnight Foundation, the award provides three years of support to the researcher, with funding of $75,000 per year.
“I am tremendously honored to receive this award,” said Cheadle. “Support from the McKnight Foundation will enable us to innovate new approaches for studying microglia in vivo.”