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Beckman Foundation News
March 10, 2020  

NEW: Beckman Bites Podcast (Episode 2) Now Available!

The Second episode of the Beckman Bites Podcast features 1998 Beckman Scholar, Professor Ming Hammond, interviewed by 2017 Beckman Scholar Zoheb Hirani

Three Beckman Young Investigators Named 2020 Sloan Research Fellows

Three Beckman Young Investigators - 2019 BYI Frank Leibfarth (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), 2018 BYI Xiaoji Xu (Lehigh University), and 2016 BYI Jose Rodriguez (University of California, Los Angeles) - have been named 2020 Sloan Research Fellows by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Recognized for their promising scientific research, they will each receive $70,000 to be spent over a two-year term.

Two Beckman Young Investigators Develop Method for Early Cancer Detection

2002 BYI Gregory Weiss, PhD, and 1993 BYI Reginald Penner, PhD co-founded PhageTech Inc. Their company is featured in LA Times Article for developing a method for early cancer detection. Weiss hopes that this will allow consumers to test often and inexpensively under non-invasive conditions.

Beckman Young Investigator Selected as Program Chair for 2020 Welch Conference

Congratulations to 2003 BYI Xiaowei Zhuang, PhD for being selected as Program Chair for the 2020 Welch Conference on Chemical Research. The Conference Program will debut October 26-27, 2020 at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas to discuss the topic of, "Frontiers Of Brain Science And Medicine."

Agility Robotics Makes Leaps and Bounds with Robot, 'Digit'

1998 Beckman Scholar Damion Shelton, PhD, with his company Agility Robotics makes leaps and bounds with the balancing act of their bipedal Robot, 'Digit'.

SARS-coronavirus Spike Proteins

The Beckman Center for CryoEM at University of Washington has been studying the structure of the spike proteins used by SARS-coronaviruses to invade human cells. Publication by David Vessler and team available here as a pre-proof, and soon to be published in Cell Press.


Sending Happy Birthday Wishes to some of our Beckman Family... Our Finance Manager, Jackie Chamberlin on March 23rd, our Program Administrator, Elizabeth Koppe on March 24th, and our Program Officer, Kaerie Ray on March 29th!


Recently Hired

2013 Beckman Scholar Natalie Telis, PhD, started as Computational Biologist at Calico Life Sciences.

Recently Promoted

2000 Beckman Scholar Shameema Sikder, MD, was promoted to Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University.

1999 Beckman Scholar Kobina Dufu, PhD, started a new position as Director of Cell and Translational Biology at Global Blood Therapeutics. 
Recently Published

2018 Beckman Young Investigator Juan-Hubert Olivier, PhD, was published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry"Molecular Strategies to Modulate the Electrochemical Properties of P-Type Si(111) Surfaces Covalently Functionalized with Ferrocene and Naphthalene Diimide."

2019 BYI Leslie Schoop, PhD, was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society: The role of delocalized chemical bonding in square-net-based topological semimetals."

2010 Beckman Scholar Nicholas Jarjour, PhD, was published in The Journal of Immunology: "BHLHE40 Promotes TH2 Cell-Mediated Antihelminth Immunity and Reveals Cooperative CSF2RB Family Cytokines."  

Recently Presented

2017 Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow Massa Shoura, PhD, gave a presentation at the first eccDNA International Meeting: "Your Genome: The Good, the Bad, and the Circular."


2004 Beckman Scholar Elizabeth O'Day, PhD, Founder and CEO of Olaris, is recruiting scientists of all levels and backgrounds for job opportunities. Olaris uses metabolomics and machine learning to develop patient stratification tools.   

In the February issue of the newsletter, Christina Stallings, PhD, was listed as Associate Professor at University of Washington, St. Louis. Christina Stallings, PhD, is currently Associate Professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

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