Mehmet Fatih Yanik, associate professor of electrical engineering in the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) is one of three MIT faculty members to receive the 2010 National Institutes of Health Tranformative R01 Award in support of work that is both fundamentally risky, yet potentially capable of creating or reshaping fundamental areas of biomedical research. Yanik's awarded research, titled "High-throughput in Vivo Subcellular-resolution Vertebrate Screening Platform," is undertaken to develop technologies that can perform large-scale screens to test drugs for neural regeneration, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer and other diseases in living vertebrates.
Fatih Yanik was recipient of the 2007 NIH New Innovator Award and the 2009 NIH EUREKA Award, which are designed to fund creative individuals who show promise in new pioneering research directions. Yanik was newly appointed as assistant professor in the EECS Department at MIT in early 2006. See the new faculty profile from the EECS Newsletter Fall, 2005.
MIT News Office Sept. 30, 2010 article: "5 from MIT win NIH awardsThe grants are designed to promote risky, innovative research with the potential to transform a field of study."