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Two BER Scientists Selected as Recipients of DOE’s 2023 Early Career Research Program Award

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected 93 early career scientists from across the country to receive $135 million in funding for research covering a wide range of topics, from artificial intelligence to astrophysics to fusion energy. Two of this year’s awardees will join the Biological and Environmental Systems Sciences Division (BESSD) within DOE’s Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Program.

Dr. Jennifer Brophy, an assistant professor in the Bioengineering Department at Stanford University, will start her project titled “Engineering Continuous Trait Variation in Bioenergy Feedstocks to Optimize Growth on Marginal Lands.”

Dr. John F. Cahill, an associate scientist in the Biological and Environmental Systems Science Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will start his project titled “Elucidation and Validation of Genes Associated with Biological Nitrification Inhibition in Populus.”

The Early Career Research Program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science. Opportunities exist in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), Biological and Environmental Research (BER), Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES), High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP).

For more specific information, see the DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program website.