Investigating the role of specialized metabolites in mediating bacterial interactions
Matt Traxler, assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, has been named a 2016 Searle Scholar. The Searle Scholars Program supports the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry.
Traxler will receive $300,000 in flexible funding over the next three years to fund his research investigating the role of specialized metabolites in mediating bacterial interactions. Specialized metabolites include antibiotics, antifungals, and anti-cancer agents. The Traxler lab aims to use knowledge about how these metabolites function in natural settings for leveraging the discovery of novel, potentially useful microbial compounds.
The 2016 Searle Scholars have already demonstrated innovative research and were selected due to their potential for making significant contributions to chemical and biological research over the course of their careers. The final selection of scholars was based on recommendations made by the program’s Scientific Advisory Board consisting of 12 scientists distinguished for their research and leadership across a wide range of fields. Over 180 applications from more than 150 institutions were considered for the 2016 Searle Scholars Program.
Searle Scholars Program: www.searlescholars.net
Traxler profile page: pmb.berkeley.edu/profile/mtraxler