Altman named fellow of the Scialog 'Molecules Come to Life' Initiative

by University Communications,

Assistant physics professor David Altman has been named a fellow of the Scialog “Molecules Come To Life” Initiative by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

The Scialog initiative is a two-year program involving early-career scientists from physics and biology. Participants are interested in pursuing collaborative, high risk, impactful discovery research.

“I feel incredibly honored to be part of such an innovative and ambitious program,” Altman says.

“I will be meeting with a remarkable group of physicists, biochemists and biologists — both theorists and experimentalists — and I expect that these discussions will help me develop collaborations with other scientists who are interested in understanding processes in the cell using multidisciplinary approaches.”

Through the Scialog initiative, Altman will meet about 50 early career and 15 senior scientists at conferences in 2015 and 2016. During the conferences, he will take part in new scientific teams to pursue untested ideas in physical cell biology.

The Research Corporation for Science Advancement and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will fund up to five collaborative research awards per meeting, with the possibility of additional funding for the most successful projects.