Biomedical expert Goyal wins interdisciplinary award from Burroughs Wellcome Fund

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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Aug. 11, 2020

Cancer researcher and CBE graduate alumnus Yogesh Goyal has received a 2020 Career Award at the Scientific Interface (CASI) from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. All eight of this year's awardees receive $500,000 over a five-year period, bridging postdoctoral training with the first three years of a faculty position.

Goyal, a postdoctoral researcher under Arjun Raj at the University of Pennsylvania, studies drug resistance in cancer cells with the goal of improving therapies. His work combines experimental and computational approaches to understand biomedical events, drawing on his interdisciplinary background.

Motivated by the belief that future biomedical advances will require scientists trained in areas such as chemistry, physics, engineering and applied mathematics, CASI seeks out early-career researchers who have crossed between these disciplines to work at the interface of physical-computational and biological sciences. Goyal has worked on problems that range across chemical engineering, genomics, developmental biology, and molecular medicine.

In 2018, Goyal was named one of 12 inaugural Schmidt Science Fellows and a Jane Coffin Childs Fellow. He earned his bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar in 2012. At Princeton, Goyal studied with Stanislav Shvartsman, professor of chemical and biological engineering and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, and Gertrud Schüpbach, emeritus professor of molecular biology. He completed his Ph.D. in 2017.