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Eight proposals awarded seed grant funding

Aug 11 2014

Stanford ChEM-H has funded eight new Seed grants to faculty members and postdoctoral scholars who are applying chemical knowledge to research that could ultimately improve human health. The awards span the schools of medicine, engineering, and humanities & sciences, bridging 15 individual departments.

The new grants fall under two rounds of funding.


The Biomaterials awards went to faculty members who are interested in the design, engineering, and testing of new materials for applications in biology and medicine. These biomaterials are expected to broadly impact biological science. The recipients are:

  • Ngan Huang, Cardiothoracic Surgery; Sarah Heilshorn, Materials Science & Engineering
  • Fan Yan, Bioengineering & Orthopedic Surgery; Stuart Goodman, Orthopedic Surgery

Full descriptions of their projects are available here.

Chemistry-Human biology interface

Six additional awards went to faculty or postdoctoral fellows pursuing a potentially transformative new idea at the interface of chemistry and human biology.

The recipients are:

Faculty track

  • Anson Lowe, Medicine; Mark Smith, ChEM-H Medicinal Chemistry Knowledge Center
  • Todd Martinez, Chemistry; Michael Lin, Pediatrics & Bioengineering; Vijay Pande, Chemistry, Structural Biology, & Computer Science
  • Guillem Pratz, Radiation Oncology; Sindy Tang, Mechanical Engineering

Postdoctoral track

  • Soham Chanda. mentors:
    • Thomas Südhof, Molecular and Cellular Physiology and HHMI; Marius Wernig, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and Pathology
  • David Hewings, mentors:
    • Eric Kool, Chemistry; Ash Alizadeh, Oncology & Hematology
  • Nathan Hohman, mentors:
    • Nicholas Melosh, Materials Science and Engineering; Craig Garner, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Full descriptions of the projects are available here.