The National Academy of Sciences has named Chiou-Fen Chuang, PhD, a researcher in the Division of Developmental Biology at Cincinnati Children’s, a Kavli Fellow, an honor that recognizes the nation's brightest young scientists.

Since its inception in 1989, about 150 Kavli Fellows have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and 10 have been awarded Nobel Prizes. Fellows are selected based on their scientific contributions to date and national acknowledgment as future leaders based on obtained fellowships and awards.

Chuang presented her research on how neurons acquire their distinct identities at the 24th Annual Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium in November. The symposium brings young scientists together to discuss opportunities across disciplines. 

“The main goal of our research is to understand the developmental mechanisms that generate sensory neuron diversity at molecular and neural circuit levels.  We hope that understanding how neurons acquire their distinct identities will lead to the development of strategies for cell replacement therapy," Chuang said. 

Chuang received her PhD from the California Institute of Technology and did her post-doctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco, and Rockefeller University  in New York.  She established her research lab at Cincinnati Children's in 2007. 

Chuang adds the Kavli Fellow to a list of honors. She received the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a Whitehall Foundation Research Award and a Cincinnati Children’s Trustee Grant Award.  Currently, she is a faculty member of the Molecular and Developmental Biology (MDB) graduate program, the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) and the Neuroscience graduate program at the University of Cincinnati.