Hoffman Wins Two Prizes for Young Investigators

Brenton Hoffman, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering
Brenton Hoffman, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering

Brenton Hoffman, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the Pratt School of Engineering won two major awards this spring to further his research in mechanobiology -- the study of how physical forces like blood flow or cell movement affect cell behavior.

He has been named one of the nation's 15 most promising new faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry by receiving the $300,000 Searle Scholar Award and he has received a 2013 Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award from the March of Dimes. The funding will further his work on a "tension sensor" that allows biologists to see how molecules within a cell react to physical forces.