Published: 02/24/2020

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feb. 12 announced 126 early career researchers as recipients of its 2020 Sloan Research Fellowship, including six Indian Americans and an Indo-Canadian among those selected for the prestigious award.

The fellowship, inaugurated and named annually since 1955, honors scholars in the U.S. and Canada whose creativity, leadership and independent research achievements make them some of the most promising researchers working today, the foundation said in a news release.

“To receive a Sloan Research Fellowship is to be told by your fellow scientists that you stand out among your peers,” Adam F. Falk, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, said in a statement. “A Sloan Research Fellow is someone whose drive, creativity, and insight makes them a researcher to watch.”

Ami Bhatt, MD, PhD
Ami Bhatt, MD, PhD

Ami Bhatt, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of medicine – hematology – and of genetics and a member of the core leadership team for Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health. Noting how “simple” microbial organisms can perturb complex, multicellular eukaryotic organisms, Bhatt has chosen to dedicate her research program to inspecting, characterizing and dissecting the microbe-human interface, her bio notes.

Bhatt’s group identifies problems and questions that arise in the course of routine clinical care. Often in collaboration with investigators at Stanford and beyond, the group applies modern genetic, molecular and computational techniques to seek answers to these questions, better understand host-microbe interactions and decipher how perturbation of these interactions may result in human disease phenotypes, her bio added.
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