Jerilyn Timlin, a chemist at Sandia
National Laboratories, has been presented by the National Institutes of
Health (NIH) with a New Innovator Award, one of 55 such awards granted by the
NIH this year. The award encourages researchers to explore bold ideas that have
the potential to catapult fields forward and speed the translation of research
into improved health.
Timlin received the award for her project “Multiplexed measurements of
protein dynamics and interactions at extreme resolutions.” The work will
aim to develop state-of-the-art imaging technology that can measure protein
complex formation and protein networks in a multiplexed fashion with spatial
resolution beyond that of the optical microsopy.
“I am so grateful to have this opportunity to equip the field of biological
imaging with a new analytical tool for visualizing and quantifying multiple
protein interactions,” said Timlin. “I am honored to play a key
role in growing Sandia’s bioscience programs at the NIH.” Timlin’s
award is for $1.5 million over five years.
A total of 115 awards have been granted by NIH under three innovative research
programs supported by the NIH Common Fund’s Roadmap for Medical Research:
the NIH Director’s Transformative R01 (T-R01) Awards, Pioneer Awards,
and New Innovator Awards. The Common Fund supports cross-cutting, trans-NIH
programs with a particular emphasis on innovation and risk taking. A portion
of these New Innovator Awards is also supported by funding from the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“The appeal of the Pioneer, New Innovator, and now the T-R01 programs,
is that investigators are encouraged to challenge the status quo with innovative
ideas, while being given the necessary resources to test them,” said NIH
Director Francis S. Collins. “The fact that we continue to receive such
strong proposals for funding through the programs reflects the wealth of creative
ideas in science today.”
More information on the New Innovator Award is at http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/newinnovator.
For descriptions of the 2009 recipients’ research plans, see http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/newinnovator/Recipients09.asp.