Hughes picks scientists – Funds equipment, personnel

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute announced on May 8 the names of 48 scientists it is adding to the group of investigators it already supports.

The scientists work at 31 institutions across the U.S. If they accept their appointments, they will stay at their home institutions but become employees of the institute, which will fund their salaries, their equipment and their personnel from that point onward.

The new appointees include 12 experts in the field of computational biology, as part of a new initiative by the institute to support endeavors in that field.

With this round of appointments, the Institute will support a total of 353 investigators at 72 institutions. Last year, Hughes investigators won both the Nobel and Lasker Prizes.

The institute’s endowment is roughly $13 billion and its yearly budget exceeds $600 million.

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