Four of the Lab’s scientists have been selected for the prestigious 2020 Sloan Research Fellowship that recognizes outstanding work in science. Winners receive a two-year, $75,000 fellowship, which can be spent to advance their research.
The Sloan fellows from the Lab are:
Stephen Brohawn, UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
An assistant professor of molecular and cell biology, Brohawn studies life’s electrical system, which is responsible for sensation, thought, learning, memory and many other forms of communication within the body, from a molecular and biophysical perspective.
Heather Gray, UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
An assistant professor of physics, Gray is an experimental particle physicist working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva, Switzerland. Her primary interest is the Higgs boson, the most recently discovered elementary particle.
Daniel Stolper, UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
An assistant professor of earth and planetary science, Stolper focuses on generating and interpreting climate records of ancient Earth, primarily by studying the modern carbon cycle and reconstructing past atmospheric and marine oxygen concentrations.
Michael Zaletel, UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
An assistant professor of physics, Zaletel focuses on theoretical condensed matter physics and its intersection with quantum information and computational approaches. He aims to understand the behavior of electrons in quantum materials where entanglement and the strong interactions between electrons conspire to form new phases of matter.
“To receive a Sloan Research fellowship is to be told by your fellow scientists that you stand out among your peers,” said Adam F. Falk, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “A Sloan Research fellow is someone whose drive, creativity and insight make them a researcher to watch.”
The Sloan Research fellowships are open to scholars in eight scientific and technical fields: chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics.
Candidates are nominated by peers from their respective institutions. Winners are then selected by independent panels of scholars based on the candidates’ research accomplishments, creativity and potential to become leaders in their fields.