Kwanghun Chung receives McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award

Kwanghun (KC) Chung, investigator of neuroscience at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, core faculty of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, and an assistant professor in the MIT departments of Chemical Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, was selected to receive a 2016 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award for his work on “multi-scale proteomic reconstruction of cells and their brain-wide connectivity.” Chung and his lab are developing new technologies to generate a comprehensive, high-resolution brain map, including one known as CLARITY (Clear Lipid-exchanged Acrylamide-hybridized Rigid Imaging / Immunostaining / in situ-hybridization-compatible Tissue hYdrogel), which renders tissues, like those within the brain, completely transparent. Chung gained international recognition for creating this breakthrough technology. Current brain mapping is relatively low-resolution and incomplete; Chung’s research will allow neuroscientists to interrogate many…


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