Honors and Awards

- UCSD Physicist Terry Hwa elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology

Fellows of the Academy are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. There are over 2,000 Fellows representing all subspecialties of microbiology, including basic and applied research, teaching, public health, industry, and government service. Dr. Hwa's lab is interested in attaining a quantitative, predictive understanding of links between molecular interactions and physiological responses in bacteria, focusing mostly on E. coli. They use a complementary two-pronged approach. In a bottom-up approach, his lab performs quantitative characterization of combinatorial transcriptional control and post-transcriptional controls to construct quantitative models of gene regulation based on molecular properties. In a top-down approach, they characterize phenomenological laws governing bacterial growth, metabolism, and gene expression. The phenomenological laws can be exploited to provide precise quantitative predictions between physiological perturbations and responses; they can also be used to guide the elucidation of molecular signaling mechanisms.

- Burroughs-Wellcome's Innovation Award in Functional Genomics, 2000-2003 Guggenheim Fellowship, 1999-2000.

- Beckman Young Investigator Award, 1997-2000.

- Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 1995-1998.

- A. P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, 1994-1999.

- Overseas Chinese Physics Association's Outstanding Young Researcher Award, 1993.

- American Physical Society's LeRoy Apker Award, 1986