Bioengineering's Zheng wins NIH New Innovator Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Siyang Zheng, the Dorothy Quiggle Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, was one of 51 researchers from across the country to be named a winner of the 2012 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's New Innovator Award, the agency announced on Sept. 13.

He was recognized for his project "Integration of Flexible Micro Spring Array and High Throughput Microfluidics for Obtaining Clinical Relevant Information from Circulating Tumor Cells."

The award is part of the NIH's High Risk High Reward research program. The Director's New Innovator Award, along with its Pioneer and Transformative Research awards, are designed to encourage creative thinkers to pursue exciting and innovative ideas about biomedical behavioral research.

Eighty-one winners from the program were awarded a total of approximately $155 million.

Zheng's work focuses on the application of micro- and nanotechnologies for biological and medical applications. His research includes involvement at the Material Research Institute, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Zheng specializes in miniaturized devices and systems that can be integrated with biological systems in vitro and in vivo and how they can be used in biological research, clinical diagnosis and treatment.

He holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

Established in 2007, the Director's New Innovator Award supports investigators who are within ten years of their terminal degree or clinical residency, but who have not yet received a Research Project Grant (R01) or equivalent grant, to conduct exceptionally innovative research.

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Last Updated September 18, 2012