Pew funds six research teams to pursue scientific discoveries

PHILADELPHIA--The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today the six pairs of researchers who will make up its 2019 class of Innovation Fund investigators.

These investigators--alumni of Pew's biomedical programs in the United States and Latin America--partner on interdisciplinary research to tackle some of the most complex questions in human biology and disease. Spanning the spectrum from virology to epigenetics and from microbiology to developmental biology, research teams combine multiple disciplines to advance scientific discovery and improve human health.

"By leveraging Pew's biomedical network of over 1,000 scientists, researchers with shared goals can combine expertise to help answer science's most challenging questions," said Rebecca W. Rimel, president and CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts. "We are proud to support this year's class of investigators in their joint efforts to unlock groundbreaking discoveries."

For nearly 35 years, Pew has encouraged collaboration among its diverse community of biomedical scientists, culminating in the launch of the Innovation Fund in 2017. The fund's award criteria were developed to promote synergy among program alumni, motivating researchers to collaborate on new proposals. All alumni holding assistant professor positions or higher are eligible to apply for the award, which is supported by the Kathryn W. Davis Peace by Pieces Fund.

This year's Innovation Fund teams and research projects are:


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