Dr. Sung-Min Sohn, currently a research associate at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR), has been awarded the highly competitive K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award ($1 million for 5 years) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This is a two-part award with the first part (K99 phase) providing 1 to 2 years of mentored support. Part 2, the R00 phase, will support 3 years of independent research contingent on starting an approved tenure-track or equivalent faculty position. His research entitled “Automatic RF signal tuning and matching system for MR imaging and spectroscopy” proposes an electrically driven automation system to tune and match RF coils rapidly and accurately. The automatic system will be implemented on a custom designed MR compatible microchip. Dr. Sohn received his doctoral degree in February 2013 under the guidance of Prof. Anand Gopinath.