UAlbany Molecular Biologist Wins Prestigious Sloan Fellowship
Award Allows Promising Scientists to Pursue Independent Research

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ALBANY, N.Y. (April 2, 2003) -- Ing-Nang Wang, an assistant professor of biology at the University at Albany, has received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation research fellowship for his exceptional promise to contribute to the advancement of knowledge. One hundred seventeen winners from 50 colleges and universities across the nation, all highly qualified scientists in the early stages of their careers, were selected for the award. Twenty-eight former Sloan fellows have received Nobel prizes.

Wang was the only recipient from the State University of New York. Other schools represented include Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Wang, a molecular biologist, moved to the U.S. from Taiwan 15 years ago. He researches bacteriophage, which are the viruses that infect bacteria, and lysis proteins, which have potential as an alternative source for antibiotic drug design. A member of the UAlbany biology department since September 2002, he earned his Ph.D. in ecology and evolution from SUNY Stony Brook in 1998 and a master’s in plant virology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Grants of $40,000 for a two-year period are administered by each fellow’s institution. Once chosen, fellows are free to pursue whatever lines of inquiry are of most interest to them. This flexibility is often of great value to young scientists at a pivotal stage in establishing independent research projects.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a philanthropic nonprofit institution, was established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then president and chief executive officer of the General Motors Corporation. The Sloan Foundation awards were established in 1955 as a means of encouraging research by young scholars at a critical time in their careers when other support is difficult to obtain.

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