Congratulations to Florian Merkle who is one of four researchers to be honoured this year with a Young Investigator Award from the American Association of Anatomists (AAA). The awards ceremony will take place during AAA’s annual meeting at Experimental Biology (EB) in Chicago on Tuesday, April 25 2017. AAA Young Investigator Awards recognize investigators in the early stages of their careers who have made important contributions to biomedical science through their research in cell/molecular biology, comparative neuroanatomy, developmental biology, or the morphological sciences.
Dr Merkle will be honored with the 2017 C.J. Herrick Award for his contributions to the field of comparative neuroanatomy. He will give a lecture at EB: “The impact of neuroanatomy on my career: from adult neurogenesis to in vitro disease modelling”. His laboratory’s goal is to work with pluripotent stem cells to model human diseases with the aim of illuminating the processes that lead to disease. The talk will highlight his work in neuroanatomy including current work in his lab using single cell RNA sequencing and cellular assays to explore the functional heterogeneity of in vitro-derived neurons.
Former winners of this award include Feng Zhang, Cori Bargmann, Mahendra Rao and Marc Tessier-Lavigne.