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
Since 1985, Pew’s biomedical programs have provided funding to hundreds of beginning researchers who show outstanding promise in science with the potential to advance human health. The exceptional research of the scholars and fellows has earned them Nobel Prizes, Lasker Awards, MacArthur Genius Awards and other distinctions. Here are their stories:
Learn more about Jeff Gore, this month's Featured Biomedical Researcher.
Profile: Esteban Engel
Profile: Mary Gehring
"I got really excited about the genetics that were underlying what you could see when plants grew and developed."
Video Profile: Gary H. Gibbons, M.D.
"The Pew approach recognized that what they were really funding was a promising scholar."
Profile: Jeff Gore
Video Profile: Carol Greider
"The Pew Scholars had a major role in my career."
Video Profile: Mike Kuhns
Profile: Erica Larschan,
“Larschan’s work has already distinguished her as a scientific pioneer…”
Profile: Carolyn Machamer
1990 Pew Biomedical Scholar
“The beauty of research is that it teaches us things we never set out to learn.”
Read Machamer's story.
|Profile: Natalia Martin|
2012 Pew Latin American Fellow
“Doing science in the U.S. sometimes seems limitless.”
Watch Martin's story.
“I believe in the power of studying animals that can naturally accomplish what we want to do therapeutically in humans.”
|Profile: Aimee Shen,|
2012 Pew Biomedical Scholar
“Pew has empowered me and inspired me to enter a field that I wasn’t established in.”
Watch Shen's story.
Video Profile: Benjamin tenOever
"We're trying to understand how a virus works."
Kathryn E. Wellen, Ph.D.
Video Profile: Kathryn E. Wellen
"I'm really excited for the opportunity to meet and interact with the other Pew Scholars."
- Date added:
- Feb 20, 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