Yanik named for 2009 NIH EUREKA Award

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June 16, 2009

Mehmet Fatih Yanik, the Robert J. Shillman Career Development Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (<http: "="" www.rle.mit.edu="">RLE) has won the National Institutes of Health EUREKA award. The NIH EUREKA (Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration) program was initiated in 2007, to provide investigators who are pioneering exceptionally innovative research which, if successful, will have an unusually high impact. EUREKA awards target investigators who are testing novel, unconventional hypotheses or are pursuing major methodological or technical challenges.

Yanik runs the BioPhotonics, BioScreening and NanoManipulation Group in RLE, where technologies for regenerative neurobiology including neural regeneration and complex wiring of neuronal networks are probed and manipulated using various technologies including microfluidics, femtosecond laser microsurgery, and 3D multi-photon imaging; development of novel drug and genetic screening and discovery platforms. Both animal and cell culture models employed range from C. elegans to embryonic-stem-cell derived neurons.

The NIH Eureka award made to Prof. Yanik is worth more than $1.2 million over four years.

Read more about the work in the BioPhotonics, BioScreening and NanoManipulation Group. http://www.rle.mit.edu/bbng/news.htm

Congratulations Fatih Yanik!