Lee Ligon ’87, an associate professor of biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been awarded a five-year $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. At Wesleyan, Ligon majored in Biopsychology and College of Letters. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia, and trained as a post-doc at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ligon is an associate professor of biology at the private research university in Troy, NY. Her research will focus on microtubules, one of three proteins that help make up the framework up of a cell, and how those hollow tubes help direct traffic to other parts of the cell.
She said the complexities of how things work have fascinated her ever since she was a young child growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“To me, there is nothing more amazing than figuring out some piece of the puzzle that explains how a living creature works,” she said.
Image: from RPI.
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