Stavroula Hatzios, assistant professor in the departments of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and of Chemistry, is one of 10 scientists nationally to be named a Beckman Young Investigator for 2020.
The Beckman Young Investigator Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.
A faculty member at the Yale Microbial Sciences Institute, Hatzios receives a grant award to support her research project “Precision Tools for the Selective Detection and Inhibition of Bacterial Pathogens in Complex Microbial Communities.”
“The rapid diagnosis and treatment of infections is critical for controlling the spread of disease,” Hatzios said. “However, selectively targeting disease-causing bacteria in microbe-rich environments like the human gut remains a significant challenge. Support from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation will help us develop new technologies that could form the basis for precision drugs and point-of-care diagnostics.”
Established in 1991, the Beckman Young Investigator Program selects projects that are innovative, high-risk, and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences. Projects represent a departure from current research directions, instead encouraging research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines. Hatzios is the ninth faculty member to receive this award at Yale since the program’s inception.