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Wright lab members Alexis Wong, Joseph Conrad, and David Wright were recently selected as Phase I Finalists for the Follow that Cell Challenge a part of the Single Cell Analysis Program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The Single Cell Analysis Program "supports investigators examining the transcriptional signatures of individual human cells in order to measure and analyze cellular heterogeneity and to define specific cell types and/or cell “states” in a given population, work focused on the discovery and early development of exceptionally innovative tools fo r early stage, high-risk/high-impact projects to enable and improve single cell analysis, and studies that accelerate the integration and translation of technologies to characterize single cells ." In collaboration with Andries Zijlstra in Vanderbilt Medical Center’s Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, the team proposed to use fluorescent molecular probes based on gold nanoparticle technology  to identify and measure gene expression in living cells. As Phase I Finalists, the team was invited to continue their work in Phase II of the Follow that Cell Challenge and submit their results for future consideration for funding