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The Goodnight Early Career Innovators selected by NC State University’s Provost’s Office have been disclosed for the 2022-2023 academic cycle. The Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering is honored to announce that Alon Greenbaum, assistant professor, was selected as a Goodnight Innovator for his research and innovation in STEM. 

“Our faculty, who are named Goodnight Early Career Innovators, set the bar when it comes to groundbreaking STEM research,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Warwick Arden. “The Goodnights’ gift means that these faculty receive support that allows them to expand their expertise across STEM disciplines and to positively impact the university community.”

Since the program was established in 2021, the Provost’s Office has recognized 74 faculty with an annual 3-year stipend of $22,000 to support their scholarship in STEM education. 

Alon Greenbaum first joined NC State University in January 2019 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in High-dimensional Integration of Biological Systems. Greenbaum’s research centers around developing complex imaging devices and algorithms to advance the three-dimensional profiling of intact organs to answer biological questions regarding aging and disease progression. Image devices include adaptive light-sheet microscopes for rapid high-resolution imaging of whole organisms while using computational tools to handle and process large amounts of data that come with imaging entire organs at high resolution. The Greenbaum Lab has a special interest in profiling bones, but their process has translational applications that can facilitate the exploration of other organ types and include rare stem-cell niches in the context of age-associated diseases. 

In addition to being recognized as a Goodnight Early Career Innovator, Greenbaum has been awarded the Good Ventures Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Life Sciences Research Foundation, as well as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellowship. He has published more than 25 peer-reviewed journal articles, and his work has been presented at more than 30 conferences.

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