Dr. William Margolin
Dr. William Margolin

Dean Barbara J. Stoll has named five inaugural McGovern Scholars as McGovern Medical School’s outstanding research honorees.

The McGovern Scholars will receive $50,000 per year, for two years, to support their innovative and productive research programs.

Dr. Scott Lane
Dr. Scott Lane

The awardees are Yang Xia, M.D., Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; Vasanthi Jayaraman, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; Jun Liu, Ph.D., associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine; Scott Lane, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; and William Margolin, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and molecular genetics.

Dr. Vasanthi Jayaraman
Dr. Vasanthi Jayaraman

“I am delighted to be able to honor some of our outstanding faculty with these new research awards,” Dean Stoll said. “This funding is the approximate annual funding from a $1 million endowment, and that is our goal – to be able to work with our Office of Development to fundraise $1 million endowments for our deserving scientists.”

Xia is internationally known for research in two areas of cardiovascular research, preeclampsia, and sickle cell disease. Most recently she has made major discoveries that contribute to understanding human acclimatization to high altitude hypoxia.

Dr. Jun Liu
Dr. Jun Liu

Liu, an internationally known leader in the field of cryo-electron tomography, has played a leading role in the development of cryo-ET as a major new modality of structural biology. He is making new advances in this field and expanding his lab’s, and the medical school’s, capabilities.

Margolin pioneered methods for visualization of the cell division apparatus in live cells, advancing knowledge of cytokinesis. He has recently collaborated with Liu, studying protein machines on bacterial cell surfaces at high resolution using cryo-ET.

Dr. Yang Xia
Dr. Yang Xia

Jayaraman is a leader in the field of structure function investigations of ion channels, working to map changes at the single molecule level.

Lane leads the laboratory neurocognitive and neuroimaging components of the Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addictions and his research focuses on how to protect the brain from chronic drug abuse.