The Young Investigator award is presented in recognition of a researcher, at the level of assistant professor, who has made and is likely to continue to make, significant contributions to his/her discipline. This recipient of this year’s Young Investigator award is Dr. Nathan Johnson! Dr. Johnson has distinguished himself as a young researcher by participating in several projects with successful researchers on campus which will serve him well as he continues to compete for grant funding. Dr. Johnson has also been successful in supporting his own salary through the acquisition of a KL2 award through the NIH’s Center for Translational Sciences Award. He has worked tirelessly to enter subjects into his study and his dedication to this project and the relationships he has developed through this effort will contribute to his success as a researcher. Dr. Johnson is pursuing a promising line of research and he has sought out mentors that will be able to assist him in successful grant writing. Dr. Johnson’s versatility within his area of expertise, skills in magnetic resonance scanning, and success in publications, will continue to serve him as a researcher. He has worked hard to establish his research lab and collaborations across campus and we are proud to present him with the Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Research.