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Of Note: MIT professors win NIH grants aimed at spurring innovative research

Leona Samson
Leona Samson

MIT professor Leona Samson is among 18 scientists nationwide to receive a 2009 Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health, the NIH announced today. Samson, director of MIT's Center for Environmental Health Sciences and professor of toxicology and biological engineering, will receive $2.5 million over five years.

The Pioneer grants are designed to encourage scientists to explore high-risk projects with the potential to dramatically transform health research. The NIH also announced that Linda Griffith, MIT professor of biological and mechanical engineering, is one of 42 scientists to receive a new grant called the NIH Director's Transformative R01 (T-R01) Award, which is also designed to support innovative research.

Sangeeta Bhatia — an MIT professor of health sciences and technology and electrical engineering and computer science and a member of the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research — is also a co-principal investigator on one of the T-R01 grants. She will be working with Professor Charles Rice of Rockefeller University. To learn more, please click here.

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