Nominated by leading academic institutions and researchers nationwide, the twenty-two scholars will receive funding over four years in support of exploratory research dedicated to advancing human health and will join a community of nearly a thousand scientists who have previously received support from Pew.
Selected from nearly two hundred applicants, the awardees include Mazen Kheirbek (University of California, San Francisco), who will explore how sensory stimuli are represented in the brain and may trigger the recall of salient memories; Noah Palm (Yale University), who will work to identify gut microbe compounds recognized by human cells; Geetu Tuteja (Iowa State University), who will study genetic networks that help in establishing a healthy connection between embryos and mothers; Marta Luksza (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), who will explore how immune interactions drive cancer and virus evolution; and Caroline Runyan (University of Pittsburgh), who will focus on identifying neural circuits that control the flow of information to the brain. In addition to the support from Pew, five members of this year's cohort focused on investigating health challenges related to aging brains will receive support from the Kathryn W. Davis Peace by Pieces Fund.
"Pew is steadfastly committed to supporting talented researchers working to unveil the mechanisms of biology and disease," said Pew Trusts president and CEO Rebecca W. Rimel. "Investing in these scholars at the beginning stages of their careers, when financial resources may be limited, can help drive significant scientific discoveries."