Landry and Xu earn Beckman Young Investigator Awards

July 22, 2016

Landry, Xu

Markita Landry and Ke Xu, two College of Chemistry assistant professors, have won prestigious awards from the Young Investigator Program of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

Landry, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, will use her Beckman funding to study optical monitoring of neurotransmission. Xu, a professor in the chemistry department, will study single-molecule intracellular physiochemical processes at the nanometer scale.

The Beckman Young Investigator Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences. The program is open to those within the first three years of a tenure-track position.

The projects awarded by the Beckman program are truly innovative, high-risk and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences. Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Grants are in the range of $750,000 over the term of the project.

Arnold Beckman, the founder of Beckman Instruments, personally created many devices that revolutionized the study and understanding of chemistry and human biology. The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation provides grants to researchers and non-profit research institutions in chemistry and life sciences to promote scientific discoveries, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research.

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