May 25, 2017
Professor Jose Rodriguez
Professor Jose Rodriguez has been selected as a Beckman Young Investigator by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.
 
He will use his Beckman funding to improve our understanding and application of advanced electron microscopy methods including electron diffraction for the purposes of revealing new and important macromolecular structures and informing of their function.

Rodriguez joined the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2016 as an assistant professor of biochemistry. In April he was named a 2017 Searle Scholar.    
 
To learn more about his research, visit the Rodriguez group website.
 
The Beckman Young Investigator Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in chemistry and the life sciences. The program is open to those within the first three years of a tenure-track position.
 
The projects awarded by the Beckman foundation are truly innovative, high-risk and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences. Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. 
 
According to the Beckman Foundation website, “these individuals exemplify the Foundation’s mission of supporting the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open new avenues of research in science. They were selected from a pool of over 300 applicants after a three-part review led by a panel of scientific experts.”
 
 “We are excited to support these amazing researchers,” says Dr. Anne Hultgren, Executive Director of the Foundation. “The Foundation is committed to helping launch our next generation of talented scientists by giving them the funding and flexibility they need to pursue novel areas of study that have the potential for revolutionary breakthroughs.”
 
Arnold Beckman, the founder of Beckman Instruments, personally created many devices that revolutionized the study and understanding of chemistry and human biology. The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation provides grants to researchers and non-profit research institutions in chemistry and life sciences to promote scientific discoveries, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research.