Launched last year, the fellowships, each worth $43,000,
are designed to help international students during their
third to fifth years of graduate school in the United
States. The four awardees and their projects are:
Fang-Chieh Chou, from Taiwan, is working towards
atomic-accuracy structure modeling of protein-RNA
complexes; advisor is Rhiju
Das, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry.
Aditya Natarajan, from Canada, is working on incisive tests
of the energetics within an enzyme active site, with the
goal of advancing the fundamental understanding of the
interplay of catalytic interactions and the surrounding
enzyme environment; advisor is Daniel
Herschlag, PhD, professor of biochemistry.
Anshul Rana, from India, is investigating interactions
between bipolar disorder-associated proteins to identify
disease-relevant signaling pathways; advisor is Ricardo
Dolmetsch, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology.
Aysel Selimbeyoglu, from Turkey, is working on the
optogenetic dissection of the neural circuitry underlying
cognitive control; advisor is Karl
Deisseroth, MD, PhD, associate professor of
bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.