Awards and Honors
Howard Hughes Medical Institute extends appointment
of biologist Yishi Jin
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has extended the
appointment of biologist Yishi Jin as an HHMI investigator.
Jin, a professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology,
was appointed to an initial five-year term as a HHMI investigator
in 2000. After a successful review earlier this year, her appointment
will continue through August 2010.
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Jin studies the development of the nervous system using the
roundworm C. elegans as a model organism. Her lab was
involved in the recent development of a new technique for studying
nerve regeneration (see Currents
story). Other projects in her lab include research on the
genes that control development of motor neurons.
There are approximately 300 HHMI investigators at more than
60 universities, research institutes, and medical schools around
the country. By appointing scientists as investigators, rather
than awarding research grants, the HHMI is guided by the principle
of "people, not projects." The investigators are HHMI
employees who also maintain their faculty positions at their
host institutions. In addition to Jin, UCSC's David Haussler,
a professor of biomolecular engineering, is also a HHMI investigator.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is a nonprofit medical
research organization dedicated to discovering and disseminating
new knowledge in the basic life sciences.
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