Cold Spring Harbor, NY — Two scientists, both leaders of research labs at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), are among 25 teams that have won Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Research Program Grants for 2016. The awards were announced by the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO), based in Strasbourg, France.
The two CSHL investigators are Associate Professor Bo Li, a neuroscientist, and Assistant Professor Je Lee, a genomics expert and cancer researcher. The awards, approximately $100,000 US annually for each research team for three years, were made after a rigorous year-long process that included consideration of 871 applications. HFSP collaborative Research Grants are given for a broad range of collaborative international projects under the umbrella theme of “Complex mechanisms of living organisms.” Particular emphasis is placed on cutting-edge, risky projects. While there are bilateral or regional agreements for international collaboration, the HFSP grant program is unique because it is the only international program that encourages bottom-up applications from teams involving scientists worldwide.
“On behalf of the entire CSHL faculty, I would like to congratulate Drs. Bo Li and Je Lee for their innovative research, which these important international awards recognize and directly help to advance,” said David L. Spector, Ph.D., Director of Research at CSHL.
Dr. Li’s project is entitled “Single cell resolution imaging and optogenetics in the amygdala fear circuits in behaving animals.” Joining Dr. Li in this collaborative research are teams from University Paris Descartes, CNRS, France; MIT; and The Hebrew University, Israel.
Dr. Lee’s project is entitled: “Complete cell lineage trees inferred by in situ genotyping of induced somatic mutations.” Joining his lab in the research are teams from Institut de Génomique Fonctionelle de Lyon, France; and University College, London.
The Human Frontier Science Program is an international program of research support implemented by the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) based in Strasbourg, France. Its aims are to promote intercontinental collaboration and training in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research focused on the life sciences. HFSPO receives financial support from the governments or research councils of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, UK, USA, as well as from the European Union.
Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. Home to eight Nobel Prize winners, the private, not-for-profit Laboratory employs 1,100 people including 600 scientists, students and technicians. The Meetings & Courses Program annually hosts more than 12,000 scientists. The Laboratory’s education arm also includes an academic publishing house, a graduate school and the DNA Learning Center with programs for middle and high school students and teachers. For more information, visit www.cshl.edu