21 of America’s Top Early-Career Scientists Named 2010 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences

June 16, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Pew Charitable Trusts today named 21 talented scientists as Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences. The program enables scientists to take calculated risks, expand their research and explore unanticipated leads. Scholars receive $240,000 over four years and gain inclusion into a select community of scientists that includes three Nobel Prize winners, three MacArthur Fellows and two recipients of the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the program has invested more than $125 million to fund close to 500 scholars. Many of the nation’s best early-career scientists–working in all areas of physical and life sciences related to biomedical research–apply to the rigorously competitive program. Applicants are nominated by one of 155 invited institutions and demonstrate excellence and innovation in their research.

“Twenty-five years ago, The Pew Charitable Trusts identified a tremendous opportunity to impact the world of science by supporting the most promising young investigators and encouraging them to pursue their best ideas without restrictions,” said Rebecca W. Rimel, president and CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts. “Motivating scientists at this point in their careers is essential to advancing discovery and innovation, and Pew is honored to continue its commitment to this cadre of high-quality researchers.”

This year, through the generosity of Kathryn W. Davis, Pew is able to expand its Biomedical Scholars program to include an additional twenty outstanding assistant professor level researchers to be named Pew Scholars over the next four years. Aligned with Mrs. Davis’ interest in identifying the causes of and discovering a cure for glaucoma, the additional Pew Scholars, supported by this $5.6 million initiative, will have tremendous potential for uncovering vital clues to many debilitating ocular diseases.

“Being named a Pew Biomedical Scholar early in my career gave me the confidence and resources I needed to pursue new research areas,” said Nobel Prize winner and 1990 Pew Biomedical Scholar, Dr. Carol Greider. “In addition, the Pew Scholars program brings together a cohort of young investigators to interact with each other and learn something new along the way.”

Work by 2010 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences includes research related to cancer, Alzheimer’s, Autism, Glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease and birth defects. The 2010 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences are:

     --Gregory C. Amberg, Pharm.D.,
                              Ph.D. -- Winrich Freiwald, Ph.D.
       -- Colorado State University   -- The Rockefeller University
       -- Physiology and Biophysics   -- Neuroscience
         -- Fernando Camargo, Ph.D. -- Alexander Gimelbrant, Ph.D.
                                      -- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,
      --Children's Hospital, Boston    Inc.
         --Developmental and Cancer
                            Biology   -- Gene Regulation and Epigenetics
             -- Erin Carlson, Ph.D. -- David Guertin, Ph.D.
                                      --University of Massachusetts
              -- Indiana University    Medical School
             --Natural Product Drug   --Stem Cells and Regenerative
                          Discovery    Medicine
            -- Matthew Evans, Ph.D. -- Valerie Horsley, Ph.D.
            --Mount Sinai School of
                           Medicine   -- Yale University
                                      --Developmental and Stem Cell
      --Virology, Hepatitis C virus    Biology
         -- Raquel Lieberman, Ph.D. -- Sun Hur, Ph.D.
             --Georgia Institute of
                         Technology   -- Harvard Medical School
            --Structure/Function of
                  Membrane Proteins   --Structural Biology and Immunology
            -- Andrej Luptak, Ph.D. -- Susan Schwab, Ph.D.
        --University of California,   --New York University School of
                             Irvine    Medicine
           -- RNA Molecular Biology   -- Immunology
          -- Craig T. Miller, Ph.D. -- Jingshi Shen, Ph.D.
        --University of California,
                           Berkeley   -- University of Colorado, Boulder
        --Developmental Biology and
                          Evolution   -- Cell Biology, Membrane Transport
       -- Heather W. Pinkett, Ph.D. -- Peter Tessier, Ph.D.
         -- Northwestern University   -- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
            --Structure/Function of   --Biochemistry and Structural
                  Membrane Proteins    Biology
      -- Rajat Rohatgi, M.D., Ph.D. -- Changchun Xiao, Ph.D.
       --Stanford University School
                        of Medicine   -- Scripps Research Institute
           --Signal transduction in
            development and disease   -- Immunology
             -- Jeroen Saeij, Ph.D. -- Bing Ye, M.S., Ph.D.
       --Massachusetts Institute of
                         Technology   -- The University of Michigan
       -- Genetics of host-pathogen
                       interactions   -- Neuroscience
                                    -- Zhaolan (Joe) Zhou, Ph.D.
                                      -- University of Pennsylvania
                                      -- Neuroscience

“This immensely talented and diverse new class of Pew Scholars will undoubtedly have a major impact on biomedical research through their contributions as part of the Pew community and on science as a whole. Their discoveries over time will lead to new medical breakthroughs and improve human health,” said Craig C. Mello, Ph.D., a 1995 Pew Scholar and a 2006 Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine, and the chair of the national advisory committee for the program.

For full biographies and information regarding the scholars’ research, please visit http://directory.pewscholars.org

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life (www.pewtrusts.org).

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