CS Assistant Professor Jian Peng was one of five University of Illinois faculty members who received the 2016 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
This year, 126 Sloan Research Fellowships were awarded to early-career scientists and scholars from 52 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. Senior scholars chose awardees from nominated candidates based on research accomplishments, creativity and leadership potential in the candidate’s field. Each will receive $55,000 to pursue further research.
Peng joined the computer science department at Illinois in 2015. His research focuses on computational biology and machine learning. In particular, his research group develops advanced computational techniques for studying the molecular mechanisms of human diseases, predicting protein structure and function and analyzing large-scale biological data sets.
Other recipients from Illinois include Elena Fuchs (Mathematics), Kami Hull (Chemistry), Joaquín Rodríguez-López (Chemistry) and Yue Shen (Astronomy).
A full story describing the research interests of all recipients is found on the University of Illinois News Bureau website.