BWF announces 2020 career awards for medical scientists

BWF announces 2020 career awards for medical scientists

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, has announced the latest recipients of its Career Awards for Medical Scientists.

Through the program, which is focused on addressing the shortage of physicians in the biomedical research workforce, nine physician-scientists engaged in biomedical investigations will receive grants totaling $6.3 million.

This year's award winners include Alexander George Bick (Harvard Medical School), who is using human genomics to research clonal hematopoiesis; Julia Catherine Carnevale (University of California, San Francisco), whose research is focused on engineering potent adoptive T-cell therapies for cancer treatment; Emily Anne Ferenczi (Harvard Medical School), whose research is focused on the role of direct projections from globus pallidus externa (GPe) in basal ganglia-cortical circuit function; Ryan Alexander Flynn (Stanford University), who is exploring the regulation of RNA by glycosylation; Anna Nam (Weill Cornell Medicine), who is investigating the impact of somatic mutations on human hematopoiesis via single-cell multi-omics; Josephine Ni (University of Pennsylvania), who is researching the determinants of bacterial biofilm formation at the intestinal mucosal interface and their role in pathogen exclusion; Xilma Rosa Ortiz-Gonzalez (University of Pennsylvania), whose research applies a pediatric lens to neurodegenerative disorders; William Renthal (Harvard Medical School), who is attempting to leverage single-cell genomics for the development of novel pain treatments; and Andrew Ben Stergachis (Harvard Medical School), who is investigating single-molecule chromatin architectures of disease-associated non-coding genetic variants.

"The shortage of the physician-scientists in biomedical roles is still a critical need," said BWF president and CEO Louis Muglia. "The Career Award for Medical Scientists program addresses that need by providing support to the future leaders of physician-scientist and we are proud to have them a part of the BWF network."