Alex Shalek, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, core faculty member at the MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, and Associate Member of the Ragon Institute and of the Broad Institute, has been named a 2015 Beckman Young Investigator. The Arnold and Beckman Foundation’s support will help provide the Shalek lab with the financial and intellectual freedom needed to develop innovative tools for profiling how cells and their interactions inform healthy and diseased behaviors.

Prof. Shalek remarked: “I’m thrilled and humbled to be named a 2015 Beckman Young Investigator. We’re excited and thankful for this opportunity and hope that the information that we and others will be able to obtain through the application of our technologies will aid in the realization of better therapeutic and prophylactic strategies for combating human disease.”

The Beckman Young Investigators (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.