Agilent Early Career Professor Award

Now accepting applications for 2016 Award

The purpose of the Agilent Early Career Professor Award is to:

  • Promote and encourage excellent research enabling measurements of importance to Agilent Technologies and the world
  • Establish strong collaborative relationships between Agilent researchers and leading professors early in their career
  • Build the prominence of Agilent as a sponsor of university research

Selection Criteria

  • Significant original research contributions enabling measurements of importance to Agilent Technologies and the world
  • Outstanding potential for future research
  • Alignment with 2016 award topic: Contribution to the development of advanced Big Data technologies aimed at making breakthroughs in life science research and imaging for clinical diagnostics
  • Professor completed Ph.D. or M.D. less than 10 years before January 1, 2016.

Award Information

  • An unrestricted research award of $50,000 per year for 2 years to university in the professor's name
    • Option to use all or part of award to obtain Agilent products at 50% discount
    • Option to accelerate payments to facilitate procurement of equipment with list price over $100k
  • Engraved plaque commemorating award

  • Recognition on Agilent's website

Application Process for 2016:

  • 2016 Nomination Form (.doc, 63kb)
    The nomination form requires contact information, a summary of the nominee's qualifications and future directions (up to 1000 words), a nomination letter (up to 500 words) and a CV. Self-nominations are encouraged. Please do not include any proprietary information.
  • Nomination deadline – March 31st, 2016
  • Five finalists will be chosen from the pool of nominees by the Agilent Early Career Professor Award Committee using the criteria above. Finalists are announced by May 13, 2016.
  • Finalists are to submit two letters of recommendation addressing why the candidate is an excellent match to the award selection criteria along with a photo. Deadline – June 15, 2016.
  • The award winner will be announced by September 9, 2016.
  • Award is bestowed upon professor in suitable ceremony. The winner's photo will be posted on the website.
  • Winner is invited to make a presentation at an Agilent site (at Agilent’s expense).
  • Past and present winners’ names are posted on the Agilent website along with articles highlighting the principal academic contributions for which the awardees were selected.

2015 Agilent Early Career Professor Award Winner

2015 Focus: Contribution to the understanding and use of CRISPR/Cas or other RNA-based technologies for genome editing, control and other applications.

Mitchell Guttman, Ph.D.

Mitchell Guttman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Division of Biology and Biological Engineering
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA

Dr. Guttman received his PhD from the Department of Biology at MIT in 2012. He then established his lab as an independent Fellow at the Broad Institute prior to joining the faculty at Caltech in June 2013. Dr. Guttman obtained his Master's degree in computational biology and bioinformatics as well as Bachelor degrees in molecular biology and in computational biology from University of Pennsylvania in 2006.

Dr. Guttman’s graduate work at MIT and subsequently at the Broad Institute resulted in the discovery and characterization of lincRNAs, short for large intergenic noncoding RNA’s. lincRNAs perform many jobs in the cell, from regulating the plasticity of embryonic stem cells to induction and maintenance of X chromosome inactivation. Dr. Guttman discovered lincRNAs by developing novel bioinformatics methods to analyze RNA sequencing data and exploited chromatin signatures, protein binding interactions and chemical changes in the way DNA wraps around partner proteins to unveil lincRNAs mechanisms of action. His work also has elucidated a potential role for lincRNAs as key organizers of protein complexes at specific genome locations.

His current work focuses on dissecting the mechanisms that govern lincRNA localization to regulatory target sites by binding to specific proteins/protein complexes and nucleic acid sequences in order to better understand how linRNAs control gene expression programs and cell state decisions.  By exploiting the unparalleled properties of lncRNAs his work also intends to create a modular and programmable approach for mammalian cellular engineering.

Dr. Guttman has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including the 2012 NIH Director's Early Independence Award and was named one of Forbes magazine's "30 under 30" in science in 2014.


Past Winners

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