Some good news for our friend Lan Yang, along with fellow WashU innovators Jung-Tsung Shen, Song Hu, and Adam Kepeks. The four are part of two WashU-led research teams that have received Frontiers of Imaging grants from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) to further their research on biomedical imaging.

Yang, Shen, and Hu are faculty members at the McKelvey School of Engineering. Kepeks is an investigator at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and professor of neuroscience and psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Shen’s team also includes researchers Lihong Wang from the California Institute of Technology and Junichiro Kono from Rice University.

A total of $2 million in funding has been awarded to the research groups. The grants are part of nearly $32 million CZI has earmarked to support biomedical imaging researchers; technology development; and BioImaging North America, an international network of bioimaging facilities and communities.

The two multidisciplinary groups will be honing in on the brain, where current imaging techniques have limitations.

The ability to precisely image proteins, cells, and tissues helps us understand the causes of disease and how to develop better treatments.

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