Meet the 2017 Class
The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.
For more information about the 2017 class visit the scholars directory.
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Mee-Ngan (Frances) Yap, Ph.D., a 2012 Pew scholar and associate professor at St. Louis University, is researching the fundamental aspects of how bacteria make proteins. Her work, which integrates genetic, biochemical, and genome-wide approaches, was highlighted in the September issue of the journal Nature, in which Yap and colleagues revealed new information about the unique structure of... Read More
Viral genomes are protected by a protein shell or “capsid.” For some viruses, the capsid is assembled first, with viral DNA then pumped and packaged into it—an essential step in the viral life cycle. The macromolecular machine performing this pumping is one of the strongest biological motors known: Pressure inside the tight confines of a filled capsid is 10 times that of bottled... Read More
The majority of cancer deaths are caused by a metastatic form of the disease, not the primary tumor. It is currently very difficult to treat cancer that has spread because of how little is known about the basic biology of the tumor cells that are able to move from an initial site to take root in a new organ. Read More