A LEADING Nedlands-based scientist has been chosen alongside 40 researchers from 16 countries to receive a prestigious international scholarship that will fund his research.
Professor Ryan Lister, who heads the Epigenetics and Genomics Laboratory at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and UWA, has been appointed as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (based in Maryland, USA) International Research Scholar.
The Floreat resident has conducted groundbreaking work in mapping the epigenome, the millions of chemical tags added to the DNA of genomes in various locations that can control whether nearby genes are turned on or off.
Prof Lister said the $650,000 USD ($882,000) award, provided over five years, delivered strong long-term funding to support a range of new research programs in his laboratory.
“This award allows us to conduct longer-term research projects that can be more challenging to undertake in conventional shorter-term grant funding cycles, and it provides us with the flexibility to explore new ideas and research directions,” he said.