Meet the 2013 Class
The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.
Read the announcement of the 2013 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences.
The current grant level is $240,000; $60,000 per year for a four-year period. In 2015, Pew will name the next Class of Pew Scholars. For the 31st series of awards, to be made in 2015, one nomination will be invited from each of the participating institutions. Participating institutions have been selected on the basis of the scope of their work in biomedical research and recommended to The Pew Charitable Trusts by the National Advisory Committee of the Program. The application for the 2015 awards will open on August 1, 2014.
Featured Biomedical Scholars
In January, Antonio Giraldez, a 2008 Pew Scholar, was awarded the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for his research on the role of microRNAs in the early developmental stages of vertebrates.More info
The sensation of feeling itchy is pretty universal, and yet scientists still don't completely understand the complex processes that give us the urge to scratch.More info
Two BU researchers will travel to Washington, D.C., later this year to accept the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), one of the highest honors for young science and engineering professionals.More info
In October, 2013 Pew scholar Shelly Peyton won the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, a five-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. With the funds, the assistant professor at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is focusing on cancer spread—and the possibility that some cancer treatments might speed up the process.More info
Wired magazine has compiled a list of the year’s best scientific visualizations—including an image by 2013 Pew scholar Viviana Gradinaru. In collaboration with other researchers at California Institute of Technology, the assistant professor created a technique to make fatty tissues translucent and color-coded for easier study.More info
Mark Davis, a 1985 Pew scholar and director of Stanford University’s Institute for Immunity Transplantation and Infection, is featured in US News & World Report for his research on how men and women respond differently to influenza vaccines. His study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to demonstrate a correlation between testosterone levels, gene expression, and immune responsiveness in humans.More info
1996 Pew scholar Carolyn Bertozzi, the T.Z. and Irmgard Chu Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator, has been elected into the National Academy of Inventors for her contributions to the field of chemistry. Bertozzi’s innovations include copper-free click chemistry, a technique for examining sugars on cell surfaces without doing harm to the cell.More info
Gregory Amberg, a 2010 Pew scholar and assistant professor of biomedical sciences at Colorado State University, has won a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how high blood pressure develops in people with obesity. With the five-year award, Amberg hopes to identify the underlying causes for the cardiovascular disease, with the aim of developing therapies to prevent its organ-damaging effects.More info
Manu Prakash, a 2013 Pew scholar and assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, has been awarded a Grand Challenges Explorations Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As one of 81 winners selected from more than 2,700 proposals, Prakash’s team will develop an inexpensive electromagnetic detection device to diagnose infections of parasitic worms in people.More info
June Round, a 2013 Pew scholar and assistant professor of Pathology at the University of Utah, has been awarded the 2013 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. As one of 16 scientists selected to receive the $875,000 grant, Round will focus her research on bacteria in the gut—working to identify strategies to kill the disease-causing kind while maintaining “good” kind.More info
Deborah Hung, a 2007 Pew scholar, was featured in a podcast by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America called “Changing the way we think about antibiotics”. As an assistant professor at the Richard B. Simches Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Hung’s work explores new avenues to treat and diagnose infectious diseases like tuberculosis.More info
Winrich Freiwald, a 2010 Pew scholar and assistant professor at The Rockefeller University, is one of seven scientists receiving $1.5 million for cutting-edge neuroscience research as he establishes his laboratory. Past awardees include Vanessa Ruta, a 2012 Pew scholar and assistant professor at Rockefeller.More info