James Carothers named Sloan Research Fellow Filed Under: AwardsNews MolES Institute member and Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering James Carothers was named a 2013 Sloan Research Fellow in an announcement today by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Carothers’s research focuses on developing design platforms for engineering functionally-complex RNA-based control systems. These systems process cellular information and program the expression of very large numbers of genes, enabling both increased understanding of fundamental biological processes and applications to meet the demands for renewable chemicals and new therapies. Three members of the UW faculty are among 126 recipients of 2013 Sloan Research Fellowships. The UW received 2 of just 12 fellowships awarded nationally in molecular biology.