MCB professor Alex Schier is one of the 2017 winners of the Director’s Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His project, “DNA-Mediated Recording of Cellular History,” is intended to find ways to use DNA editing to create markers to help record a cell’s history over time. His lab will use zebrafish as their model.
The Director’s Pioneer Award is part of the NIH’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research program. This program funds researchers like Schier who demonstrate creativity and a willingness to engage in cutting-edge research that could have valuable results in biomedical or behavioral research. Schier was one of four Harvard recipients of this award for 2017, including Charles M. Lieber, Jeffrey D. Macklis, David A. Sinclair from Harvard Medical and Feng Zhang from the Broad Institute.