Anne-Ruxandra Carvunis wins NIH Director’s New Innovator Award


Project Title: From Non-Coding to Coding: Uncovering the Hidden Coding Potential of Non-Coding Sequences and Its Role in De Novo Gene Evolution
Grant ID: DP2-GM137422

Anne-Ruxandra Carvunis, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computational and Systems Biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is also a founding member of the Pittsburgh Center for Evolutionary Biology and Medicine, and the Associate Director of the Integrative Systems Biology graduate program. Research in the Carvunis laboratory combines evolutionary and systems approaches to decipher the molecular mechanism of change and innovation in biology, with a focus on the emergence of novel genes. Born and raised in Paris, France, Anne-Ruxandra received a BS in Biology/Biochemistry and a Masters in Molecular Neurosciences from Université Paris VI and the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris, a second Masters in Interdisciplinary Approaches to Life Sciences from Université Paris VII, and a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from University of Grenoble. In addition to the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, she has received a number of distinctions including a Medal of honorable doctoral work, the national L’Oreal-Unesco Award for Women in Science, the NIH Pathway to Independence Award, the Searle Scholars award, and the Trailblazer award from the Ladies Hospital Aid Society