Rockefeller scientist Postdoctoral Fellow Sreekanth H. Chalasani — have been named finalists in the third annual Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists competition. Established by the New York Academy of Sciences and the Blavatnik Charitable Foundation to recognize the contributions of young scientists and engineers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the program awards finalists with grants between $5,000 and $10,000. The winners in each category, to be announced in November, will receive an additional $10,000 to $15,000 respectively.
Chalasani, who received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, joined the UC San Francisco laboratory of Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Cori Bargmann as a postdoctoral fellow that year, and moved with Bargmann to Rockefeller University in 2004. His research focuses on how the C. elegans nervous system responds to changes in the environment by generating behaviors that last several minutes. Chalasani has also received a Damon Runyon Cancer Foundation Fellowship.
This year’s 12 finalists — including eight faculty and four postdocs from the Tri-state area — are selected for exceptionally elegant, innovative and significant interdisciplinary research projects in life sciences, physical sciences and engineering. The finalists will be honored and the winners announced at the New York Academy of Sciences’ sixth annual Science and the City Gala on November 16.