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Twenty of America's Most Promising Scientists Selected as 2008 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences

Pew program supports promising, young investigators in advancing human health

WASHINGTON, June 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Charitable Trusts and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) announced today that 20 exceptional researchers have been selected as 2008 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences. Scholars receive a $240,000 award over four years to help support their research, as well as gain inclusion into a unique community of scientists that encourages collaboration and exchange of ideas. The program is funded by Pew through a grant to UCSF.

"Pew's Program in the Biomedical Sciences is designed to enable scientists to take calculated risks, expand their research and follow unanticipated leads," said Rebecca W. Rimel, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Pew Charitable Trusts. "Pew is honored to invest in these brilliant minds, and to provide financial and professional support as they pursue their pioneering breakthroughs."

Launched in 1985, The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences supports early to midcareer scientists and has invested more than $100 million to fund over 400 scholars.

The Pew Scholars selection process is rigorously competitive, as all applicants are highly talented researchers in their fields. Applicants must be nominated by an invited institution and must demonstrate excellence and innovation in their research. This year, 149 institutions were invited to nominate a candidate in basic biomedical research, and 117 eligible nominations were received. The scholars are selected by a distinguished national advisory committee, chaired by Dr. Torsten N. Wiesel, president emeritus of Rockefeller University and a 1981 Nobel laureate.

The 2008 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences are:

Scholar Institution

Gilad Barnea, Ph.D. Brown University

Laurie A. Boyer, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Antonio J. Giraldez, Ph.D. Yale University

Aaron D. Gitler, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

Felicia D. Goodrum, Ph.D. University of Arizona

Richard I. Gregory, Ph.D. Children's Hospital, Boston

Jianping Jin, Ph.D. University of Texas Health Science

Center, Houston

Anatol C. Kreitzer, Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco

Deborah J. Lenschow, M.D., Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis

Ian J. MacRae, Ph.D. Scripps Research Institute

Bryce Nickels, Ph.D. Rutgers University

Susannah Rankin, Ph.D. Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

John F. Rawls, Ph.D. University of North Carolina,

Chapel Hill

Seth M. Rubin, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz

Holger Sondermann, Ph.D. Cornell University

Michael A. Sutton, Ph.D. University of Michigan

Benjamin R. tenOever, Ph.D. Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Leor S. Weinberger, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego

Julia Zeitlinger, Ph.D. Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Hui Zong, Ph.D. University of Oregon

For full biographies and information regarding the scholars' research subjects, please visit

The Pew Charitable Trusts ( is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our commitment to fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.

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