Analysis

Pew-Supported Researchers Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Three scientists from The Pew Charitable Trusts’ biomedical scholars program have been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), joining a distinguished class that includes Pew President and CEO Rebecca W. Rimel, who was also honored with membership this year.

The academy selects leaders, pioneers, and outstanding contributors in a broad range of disciplines. Members share knowledge and expertise through AAAS publications, meetings, and lectures across the country. The Pew scholars elected to the 2015 AAAS class were recognized for their influential work in biological science.

David D. Ginty (1996 Pew scholar), a professor of neurobiology at Harvard Medical School and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, focuses on understanding the development of the peripheral nervous system, the nerves and ganglia outside the brain and spinal cord that connect limbs and organs to the central nervous system.

Stewart Shuman (1990 Pew scholar), a professor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, examines problems associated with nucleic acid metabolism—for example, how the body recognizes and repairs damaged DNA.

Michael Snyder (1987 Pew scholar), professor and chair of the genetics department at Stanford University School of Medicine, explores protein function and gene regulatory networks, the human genome, and control of cell division and cell morphology in yeast.

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. Since 1985, the program has invested more than $130 million to fund over 500 Pew scholars. Learn more about Pew’s support of biomedical scholars, cancer researchers and Latin American fellows.