Pew Scholar Receives MacArthur “Genius” Award

10/10/2005 - Pew Scholar Receives MacArthur “Genius” Award
October 2005

Nicole King, a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences and molecular biologist from the University of California, Berkeley, was named one of 25 MacArthur Fellows, a prestigious award by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to individuals whose work demonstrates exceptional originality and promise of future advances in their field.

Dr. King was selected as a member of the 2004 class of Pew Scholars for her visionary work to understand the genetic similarities between single cell organisms and early animals.  Launched in 1985, the Pew Scholars Program provides crucial support to biomedical investigators in the early- to mid-stages of their careers who show outstanding promise in the basic and clinical sciences. Each scholar receives $240,000 over four years and joins a large network of highly accomplished researchers. The Pew Charitable Trusts has committed more than $125 million to its investments in biomedical research since 1985.

Dr. King will use the additional MacArthur funds to continue her work comparing the genomic structure of unicellular organisms with early animals, such as sponges.

For more information visit the Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences page.

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