Diana Bautista, a 2009 Pew scholar and assistant professor of molecular and cell biology at University of California, Berkeley, was featured in a segment of Morning Edition, explaining the vibrating sensation we experience when we eat Sichuan peppers. Her research on the nerve cells involved in the response to spicy food could unveil possible treatments for tingling and numbing paresthesia, or chronic “pins and needles.”More info
Mike Kuhns, a 2011 Pew scholar, aims to decode the “conversations” that take place between immune cells and other cells in the body as they work together to respond to infections, vaccines, and growing tumors. As an assistant professor of immunobiology at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine, his long-term research goal is to develop techniques that manipulate the molecular machinery of the immune system for a desired outcome—such as enhancing response to vaccines or developing therapies to fight tumors.
Quick Facts on Mike Kuhns:
- Named a Pew scholar in 2011.
- Studies the molecular mechanisms of the immune system involved in the communication between cells, and the roles they play in the midst of infections, after vaccines, and during tumor development.
- Appointed assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2010.
- Conducted postdoctoral studies in immunology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University.
- Earned a doctorate in molecular and cellular biology from the University of California, Berkeley.
- Earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Arizona.
- Native of Prescott, AZ.
- Date added:
- Oct 8, 2013
Nobel laureate Torsten Wiesel helped establish the Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences, and is chair of the program’s national advisory committee. In this video, he discusses the program’s origins and successes over its first two decades.More info
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