Congratulations to Florian Merkle who has been named a Robertson Stem Cell Investigator – one of six of the most talented stem cell researchers and neuroscientists welcomed by the New York Stem Cell Foundation into the NYSCF Investigator Program.
The programme fosters and encourages promising early career scientists whose cutting-edge research holds the potential to accelerate treatments and cures. The awards provide critical seed funding – $1.5 million over five years – to outstanding young scientists as they establish independent laboratories.
“The NYSCF – Robertson Investigators are some of the brightest minds in the stem cell and neuroscience fields,” remarked NYSCF CEO Susan L. Solomon. “This award gives them the freedom to pursue new and inventive ideas that may not get funded through traditional sources, pushing research toward better treatments for patients.”
“The class of 2019 are a group of incredibly impressive scientists —it was an honor to be involved in the selection of these individuals, and I have no doubt that their future accomplishments, thanks in part to NYSCF funding, will be stellar,” said Jonathan Flint, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The Merkle laboratory exploits the strengths of stem cells together with genomics, gene editing, high content screening, and animal models to model obesity. The aim of these studies is to reveal mechanistic processes that contribute to obesity and to identify new targets to treat obesity and neurodegeneration.