On May 9, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced that 27 of the nation’s top biomedical researchers—including seven Pew scholars—will become HHMI investigators and will receive the flexible support necessary to move their research in creative new directions. The Pew scholars named HHMI investigators are Peter Baumann (2003), Michael Dyer (2004), Nicole King (2004), Tirin Moore (2004), Dyche Mullins (2000), Michael Rape (2007), and Rachel Wilson (2005).More info
Meet the 2012 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 2012 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences.
The current grant level is $240,000; $60,000 per year for a four-year period. In 2014, Pew will name the next Class of Pew Scholars. For the 30th series of awards, to be made in 2014, 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 2013 application is now closed. The 2014 application will open on July 1st, 2013.
Click here for a Directory of Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences since 1985.
James Lupski, a 1990 Pew scholar and The Cullen Endowed Chair in Molecular Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The academy announced 198 new members April 24, including leaders from academia, business, public affairs, and the humanities.More info
2009 Pew Biomedical Scholar Charles Mullighan was part of a research team at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital which recently found mutations responsible for more than half of a subtype of childhood brain tumors. Their paper in Nature Genetics pinpointed alterations in two genes that increased the risk of low-grade gliomas—the most common childhood tumors of the brain and spinal cord—and identified an existing drug as a possible treatment.More info
Salil Lachke, a 2012 Pew scholar and assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Delaware, has been selected by the Alcon Research Institute as a 2013 Young Investigator. As one of just eight researchers worldwide to receive the $50,000 grant, Dr. Lachke will continue his work on an online tool he created to discover genes related to glaucoma and other eye diseases.More info
Jeff Gore, a 2011 Pew Scholar and assistant professor of physics at MIT, has been awarded a four-year, $1,131,603 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences – one of the 27 National Institutes of Health – to pursue research into cooperation and cheating in the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.More info
Ben Stanger, a 2009 Pew scholar and assistant professor at University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, has demonstrated that cells can change their identities under normal conditions in the body. In a study published in Genes and Development, Dr. Stanger pinpointed the gene that allows the main type of liver cells in mammals to convert into the cells lining bile ducts.More info
In celebration of what would have been Albert Einstein’s 134th birthday, FoxNews.com ran an article highlighting young researchers, including 2011 Pew scholar Ann Morris. Thanks to her creative research on vision in zebrafish, Dr. Morris was mentioned among scientists who are “poised to change the way we live today, and will continue to influence our culture in the coming decades.More info
Dinu Florin Albeanu, a 2012 Pew Scholar, was profiled in National Geographic’s “Only Human” series, which highlighted his success as a Romanian scientist. Having lived in Bucharest for most of his life, Dr. Albeanu recognizes the challenges facing Romania’s scientific enterprise. Since relocating to the United States, the assistant professor of neurology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has co-founded a summer program for aspiring neurologists in Romania. More info
2011 Pew Scholar Wins Paul Allen Distinguished Investigators Award to Unlock Fundamental Questions in Biology
Jeff Gore, 2011 Pew Scholar and assistant professor of physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has won the Paul Allen Distinguished Investigators Award to Unlock Fundamental Questions in Biology. The award, announced today by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, provides $7.5 million in exploratory grant funding to a carefully selected group of scientists who will embark on five new pioneering research projects that aim to unlock fundamental questions in biology. Dr. Gore will use single-celled yeast to explore how ideas from game theory can provide insight into cellular decision making.More info
Dr. Michael "Micha" Rape, a 2007 Pew Scholar, has been named winner of The Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for his work on ubiquitination, a process which "tags" damaged or bad proteins for destruction, as it relates to many diseases, including cancer or neurodegeneration.More info
Ben Stanger, named a Pew biomedical Scholar in 2009, co-authored a paper in Genes and Development describing a master regulator protein, which may explain the development of aberrant cell growth in the pancreas spurred by inflammation.More info
Laurie Boyer, named a Pew biomedical scholar in 2008, has helped uncover the functions of ribonucleic acids (RNAs) that don’t code for proteins. In a paper published in Cell, her MIT laboratory demonstrated how a long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) they dubbed “Braveheart” stimulated the transformation of stem cells into heart cells.More info
Anthony Richardson, a member of the 2011 class of Pew biomedical scholars, has pinpointed the gene that makes one strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria more infectious than others. In a study in Cell Host & Microbe, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assistant professor proved that a single gene made one strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) impervious to a skin compound that kills off other strains. Manipulating that gene could provide a potential treatment target for all strains of MRSA.More info
2011 Pew Scholar Eros Lazzarni Denchi, an assistant professor at Scripps Research Institute, has uncovered the details of a protein that help keep chromosomes from sticking together. In a paper published online ahead of print in Nature, Dr. Denchi described how the protein TRF2 actively and passively suppresses DNA repair machinery that would fuse chromosomes together. This work has significant implications for our understanding of cancer and the aging process.More info