Anita Pepper

Director, Biomedical Programs , The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Anita Pepper is the director of Pew's biomedical programs.

Anita graduated from Cornell University and received her master’s degree in Molecular Systematics from New York University and the New York Botanical Gardens.  She was awarded her doctorate in Developmental Genetics from New York University.  From 2003 to 2008, she completed postdoctoral training with Dr. Tom Jongens at the University of Pennsylvania studying a genetically inherited form of mental retardation, Fragile X syndrome.  In 2008, she decided to use her scientific background outside of academia and joined the Pew programs in the biomedical sciences.

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Nature: Charities: Profiting From Non-profits

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  • Jan 22, 2014
Nature magazine profiled seven scientists—including Anita Pepper, director of the Pew Programs in the Biomedical Sciences—who decided to apply their expertise to the nonprofit sector. Pepper, a geneticist by training, describes how she began working at Pew. More

Science That Takes Risks: Biomedical Researchers Receive Pew Awards

  • Jun 13, 2013
The 2013 classes of Pew scholars and Latin American fellows are researching the basis of perplexing health problems—including diabetes, autism, Parkinson's disease, and cancer. More

Biomedical Science Programs Make a Positive Impact on Research

  • Aug 6, 2012

The Pew Scholars Program and The Pew Latin American Fellows Program support promising early-career scientists from North, South and Central America in the health sciences — particularly young researchers with innovative approaches and ideas. Anita Pepper, Director of the Pew Programs in the Biomedical Sciences, explains the benefits of the programs.


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  • Dec 3, 2007

Smithsonian Magazine recently featured young innovators in the arts and sciences, and one of the up-and-comers was E. John Wherry, Ph.D., an immunologist at the Wistar Institute.



A Community of Beautiful Minds

  • Sep 6, 2007

More than 200 Pew Biomedical Scholars gathered earlier this year for the 20th anniversary reunion of the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. It’s fair to say that they were excited.


Pew Biomedical Scholars Win Top Awards

  • Oct 16, 2006

Two Pew Biomedical Scholars have won top science awards this fall.