Wesley Legant, PhD, assistant professor in the departments of pharmacology and biomedical engineering, earned a $300,000 Searle Scholars award for his work creating new fluorescence microscopes for rapid three-dimensional imaging.
Wesley Legant, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology and the UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, was one of 15 exceptional young faculty members from across the United States to be named 2019 Searle Scholars for their pursuit of fundamental, ground-breaking research in chemistry and the biomedical sciences. Each scientist will receive an award of $300,000 in flexible funding to support their work over the next three years.
Legant’s lab creates fluorescence microscopes for rapid 3-D imaging to improve current observations of living organisms and push forward new research in cell biology. He received his PhD in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and completed postdoctoral research at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn Virginia. He is also a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.