Three selected for Faculty Research Innovation Fellowships (FRIFs)

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 2:00pm

Asu Ozdaglar

Left to right: Polina Golland, Jongyoon Han, and Manolis Kellis

Three 2015–2016 Faculty Research Innovation Fellowships (FRIFs) have been awarded to EECS faculty members. The FRIF was established in 2011 to recognize midcareer faculty members for outstanding research contributions and international leadership in their fields. The FRIF provides tenured faculty with resources to pursue new research and development paths, and to make potentially important discoveries through early stage research.

Learn more about this year’s Faculty Research and Innovation Fellows below:

Polina Golland, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been named a Frank Quick Research Innovation Fellow, a fellowship created through generosity of EECS alumnus Frank Quick ’69, SM ’70. Golland leads the Medical Vision Group in CSAIL where she focuses on novel techniques for biomedical image analysis and understanding. She builds computational models of the anatomical and functional variability within populations, and develops methods to detect and characterize changes in those distributions under the influence of development or disease. Her models give insight into the functional organization of the brain and into the causes of its variability. Her group releases open-source software packages for wide impact and dissemination.

Jongyoon Han, professor of electrical engineering, as well as biological engineering, has been named a Frank Quick Research Innovation Fellow. Han is a principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics. His recent research focuses on molecular and cell separation/sorting technologies, as well as novel use of various types of ion selective membranes. Professor Han’s ongoing research interests revolve around the application of micro and nanofabrication technology to a wide range of applications, including the molecular separation and concentration, biosensing, cell manipulation and separation, neuroscience and technology, and even desalination.

Manolis Kellis, professor of computer science, has been named the EECS Research Innovation Fellow. Kellis leads the Computational Biology Group in CSAIL, and works to further our understanding of the human genome by computational integration of large-scale functional and comparative genomic data sets. He led an NIH group that created a map of the human genome, a step toward a global map that could be used in understanding fundamental processes and diseases in humans.