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Michelle Chang wins 2008 Beckman Young Investigator Award

Michelle Chang
Michelle Chang

July 9, 2008

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Michelle Chang has won a 2008 Beckman Young Investigator Award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences.

Says Chang, “I am very honored to have received the Beckman Young Investigator Award. The Foundation's generosity will be a big help to me as I set up my research program.”

Born in San Diego, CA, Chang obtained a B.S. in biochemistry and a B.A. in French literature in 1997 at UC San Diego. In 2004, she earned her Ph.D. at MIT with Daniel Nocera and JoAnne Stubbe (Ph.D.’71 Chem).

While a postdoc in the lab of chemical engineer professor Jay Keasling from 2004-07, Chang co-authored several of the group’s papers on using engineered bacteria to produce a class of compounds that includes the anti-malaria drug artemisinin and anticancer drug taxol. She received the Beckman Award for her work in synthetic biology approaches to sustainable energy production.

Arnold O. Beckman was a leader in establishing the modern instrumentation industry. He was the founder and chairman-emeritus of Beckman Instruments, Inc. (now known as Beckman Coulter, Inc.). Beckman created devices that revolutionized the study and understanding of human biology.

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation makes grants to program-related, non-profit research institutions to promote research in chemistry and the life sciences, broadly interpreted, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

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Michelle Chang Research Group
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

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