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
The American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, on Nov. 25 named 338 new fellows, including Pew biomedical scholars James Bliska (1994), M. Bishr Omary (1989), and Richard Padgett (1986). AAAS fellows are selected based on their demonstrated efforts to advance science or its applications.More info
On November 25, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) named 338 new Fellows, including 1998 Pew Latin American fellow Alejandro Aballay.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
2012 Pew Latin American Fellow Natalia Martin studies the molecular mechanisms underlying innate immunity—the body’s first, non-specific line of defense against invading pathogens.More info
Natalia Martin, Ph.D., a 2012 Pew Latin American fellow, is working to understand how the nervous and immune systems influence each other when organisms respond to infection.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
This month, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was announced, directing global attention to the importance of chemical studies. The winners—Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshel—were recognized for developing some of the first computer models for complex systems of molecules.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
"The Pew Charitable Trusts last March named Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Qiaobing Xu a Pew Scholar for his biomedical research on a new method of promoting nerve growth."More info
Mark Andermann, a 2013 Pew Scholar and assistant professor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, conducts innovative research to determine the changes in the brain triggered by hunger and external food cues. Watch the video to learn more about how his work is shedding light on obesity and eating disorders.More info