Dr. Jordan Green and Dr. Brice Menard have been named the 2012 Outstanding Young Scientist and Outstanding Young Engineer, respectively, by the Maryland Academy of Sciences and the Maryland Science Center.
Green is a principal investigator in the Biomaterials and Drug Delivery Laboratory of the Biomedical Engineering Department at The Johns Hopkins University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and his Ph.D. in biological engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Green received the Allen C. Davis medal in recognition of his OYE award.
Green has integrated engineering, biology, chemistry and materials science to create synthetic biodegradable nanoparticles that can safely and effectively deliver nucleic acids into human cells. This transformative technology has wide-ranging applications, from regenerative medicine to treating diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Menard, an astrophysicist in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The Johns Hopkins University, is a joint member of the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at Tokyo University. He earned his doctorate from the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics and the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris and did postdoctoral work at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. Menard’s Outstanding Young Scientist honor is named in memory of Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
Menardhas made significant contributions to a number of questions in cosmology, the science of the origin and development of the universe. His recent discovery of the vast stores of interstellar dust in intergalactic space has implications for understanding the evolution of galaxies and for observations of almost all types of extragalactic objects.
The OYS and OYE awards recognize Maryland residents 35 years of age or younger that have distinguished themselves early in their careers for noteworthy scientific accomplishments. Following nomination and endorsement by their mentors and colleagues, award recipients are selected by members of the Maryland Academy of Sciences’ Scientific Advisory Council, which provides expertise and content review to the Maryland Science Center.