Five outstanding young professors from UCLA are among 126 scientists and scholars in the United States and Canada to receive 2013 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 
UCLA is tied for second in the number of new fellows selected this year, along with Harvard University, Stanford University, Yale University, Princeton University and the University of Toronto. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is first, with six.
The fellowships are awarded to exceptional young researchers who "represent the very best that science has to offer" and are "the next generation of leaders in the natural sciences, economics, and mathematics," according to the New York–based foundation. 
UCLA's 2013 recipients are: 
Anastassia N. Alexandrova, assistant professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry and a member of UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI).
Jason Ernst: assistant professor in the department of biological chemistry at the David Geffen School of Medicine and in the computer science department at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is also a member of UCLA's Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research Center and UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.  
Sotiris Masmanidis: assistant professor of neurobiology at the medical school and a member of CNSI.  
Rahul Roy: assistant professor in the department of physics and astronomy who studies phases of matter, collectively known as topological phases.
Yi Xing: associate professor in the department of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics and a member of UCLA's Institute for Molecular Medicine.
To read more about their research, see this Newsroom story.