Cecilia Moens, Ph.D., a developmental biologist, works with zebrafish, a relatively new model of vertebrate developmental biology. Her research may shed new light on the genetics of cancer as well as craniofacial defects. Last month she received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, described by the White House as the nation's highest honor for young professionals at the beginning of their research careers. Moens is an assistant member of the Hutchinson Center's Basic Sciences Division. She's also is an affiliate assistant professor in the UW Department of Zoology.
Once this year's new investigators are formally appointed, the HHMI scientific staff will increase to 353 investigators, a group whose honors last year included the Nobel Prize and the Lasker Prize. Earlier this month, nine HHMI investigators were elected to the National Academy of Sciences.