The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded six NIH Director’s Awards to early-career UC San Francisco scientists – a record number for the University. Recipients of the highly competitive grants were announced Oct. 2 among the 89 awards funded this year by the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, part of the NIH Common Fund.
Among the recipients is Stephen Floor, PhD, a member of the Department of Cell and Tissue Biology in the School of Dentistry, and of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Floor's work explores how RNA molecules in cells mediate gene expression and protein production.
“This program supports exceptionally innovative researchers who have the potential to transform the biomedical field,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD. “I am confident this new cohort will revolutionize our approaches to biomedical research through their groundbreaking work.”