Schlau-Cohen and Shalek receive 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships

Danielle Randall
February 15, 2018

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Cabot Career Development Assistant Professor Gabriela Schlau-Cohen and Pfizer-Laubach Career Development Assistant Professor Alex K. Shalek have been awarded 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships.

“The Sloan Research Fellows represent the very best science has to offer,” says Sloan President Adam Falk, “The brightest minds, tackling the hardest problems, and succeeding brilliantly—Fellows are quite literally the future of twenty-first century science.”

Available to tenure track faculty in eight scientific fields, the Fellowships are awarded at a key moment in a researcher’s career. President Falk, who received a Sloan Research Fellowship in physics in 1995, can attest to their significance. “As a former Sloan Research Fellow, I know firsthand how catalytic this award can be. The Fellowship is an unmistakable marker of quality that makes a young researcher stand out. A Sloan Research Fellow is a scientist to watch.”

Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise and are awarded annually in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Each winner will receive $65,000, which may be spent over a two-year term on any expense supportive of their research.

Schlau-Cohen joined the Department of Chemistry's faculty in 2015. Her lab's research uses single-molecule and ultrafast spectroscopies to explore the energetic and structural dynamics of biological systems.

Shalek has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and a Core Member of the Institute for Medical Engineering & Science (IMES) since 2014. His research is directed towards the creation and implementation of new technologies to understand how cells collectively perform systems-level functions in healthy and diseased states.

Since 1955, Sloan Research Fellows have gone on to win 45 Nobel Prizes, 16 Fields Medals, 69 National Medals of Science, 17 John Bates Clark Medals, and numerous other distinguished awards. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grant making institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics.