> Columbia Main
Home > Announcements
9.18.2012
Two Honors for Professor Wei Min

Congratulations to Professor Wei Min on receiving two awards for his research developing new optical imaging techniques and applying them to understanding the dynamic interactions of bio-molecules in live cells and organisms.   Professor Min has been named a recipient of a Director’s New Innovator Award by the National Institutes for Health (NIH) and as a faculty finalist for a New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists.

The New Innovator Award is part of an NIH effort to encourage "visionary science that exhibits the potential to transform scientific fields and speed the translation of research into improved health."    Program awards are for up to $1.5M for 5 years plus associated facilities' and administrative costs.  Professor Min's award is for his project Label-Free Chemical Imaging for Biological Applications.

The Blavatnik Awards recognize innovative young scientists in the tri-state area who have contributed significantly to interdisciplinary research.  Being selected as a faculty finalist from among the many excellent candidates is itself an honor with a substantial cash prize and formal recognition.  Professor Min was named for his research "developing new optical bio-imaging techniques to understand in vivo complex molecular systems and processes."  The winners and finalists will be honored at the Academy's Science and the City Gala in November.

You can learn more about the New Innovator Awards on the NIH website.  Blavatnik Awards are described on the NYAS website. More information about Professor Min's research group and research program can be found on their group website.