Today, the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees released the names of the five early-career scientists selected for the second class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program. The announcement is made by Edward D. “Ted” White III, Chairman of the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees, who said "Our board is very pleased to embark on the second year of this important program, assisting early-career investigators in Colorado to continue their important research."
Launched last year, the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research program fills an unmet need in the state by assisting early-career investigators engaged in biomedical sciences to advance their research. Further, the program honors the tradition of Colorado's Webb and Waring families by investing in science that has the possibility of making significant contributions to human health.
Timothy W. Schultz, President and Executive Director of the Boettcher Foundation, said "Through this program, the Boettcher Foundation has been able to bring resources to an area where funds are currently lacking and where federal and private research programs provide limited support. Early-career investigators quite frequently have a difficult time securing a first opportunity at an independent research effort that will move them out of the laboratory of their mentors and onto their own new and exciting areas of discovery."
The 2011 (second) Class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program includes:
* Zhe Chen, Ph.D. , Assistant Research Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, “Axon Guidance During Neural Development”
* Robert C. Doebele, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, “Resistance Mechanisms In Oncogene-Driven Lung Cancer”
* John D. (Nick) Fisk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Colorado State University, “Bacteriophage Biomedical Devices and Engineering”
* Jing H. Wang, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Immunology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, “Antibody Production and Genomic Instability in B Lymphocytes”
* Tingting Yao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Colorado State University,
Individual grant amounts for these research projects range from $200,000 to
$300,000. The grant amounts varied based on funding allocated to each institution. Per program guidelines, the minimum budget was required to be $200,000.
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