Two Junior Faculty Named 2016 Sloan Fellows

Jenny Tung and Qiu Wang recognized for exceptional promise

Two Duke faculty are among 126 chosen to be this year’s Sloan Research Fellows from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Jenny Tung is an assistant professor of evolutionary anthropology and biology who is exploring the interaction between genes and the environment. Her work pairs a 40-year study of social interactions and life course among the Amboseli baboons of Kenya with the latest genetic analyses. She is also affiliated with the Science & Society initiative and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.

Qiu Wang is an assistant professor of chemistry who has affiliations with the Duke Cancer Institute and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. Her group is working at the interface of chemistry and biology to develop molecular tools to identify and possibly influence parts of the biological machinery, including epigenetics.

Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships honor early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders. Fellows receive $55,000 to further their research.

A full list of this year’s Fellows is available at the Sloan Foundation website at www.sloan.org/sloan-research-fellowships/2016-sloan-research-fellows.