Fletcher to Use Pew Grant to Study Olfactory Function

Publication: The Memphis Daily News

Author: Estes Gould


08/19/2011 - Max Fletcher, Ph.D., one of this year’s Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences said that, as a scientist, he enjoys trying to answer things for which no one has answers yet.

Fletcher, an assistant professor in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s department of anatomy and neurobiology, is one of only 22 young scientists awarded by the Pew Charitable Trusts this year. The prestigious prize includes a $240,000 grant over four years, and it has been awarded to many who went on to win such awards as the Nobel Prize.

“It’s definitely exciting any time you get an award like this, but there’s a certain amount of pressure to succeed,” he said.

Matthew Ennis, Simon R. Bruesch Professor and chair of the department of anatomy and neurobiology, said Fletcher has the potential to join those ranks. He said the department recruited Fletcher last year because of his motivation and energy, as well as his research.

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