Bacteria have a bad reputation, but University of Utah pathologist June L. Round, Ph.D., likes to look at their good side–and for the second time this year she’s received a prestigious national award to aid her research into bacteria that actually are good for human health.
Round, an assistant professor of pathology who studies the role of commensal bacteria – microbes that colonize the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract by the trillions and are increasingly shown to provide health benefits – has been named among 16 of the nation’s “most innovative young scientists and engineers” in the 2013 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering program. Awarded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, each fellowship comes with $875,000, given over five years. Round will use her award to research ways to kill “bad” bacteria in the gut while keeping commensal bacteria intact.
“The Packard Foundation believes deeply in the power of science and engineering research and is delighted to support these creative, young scientists,” Lynn Orr, Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor at Stanford University, and chairman of the Packard Fellowships Advisory Panel said in a statement. “Their independent, exploratory research will generate new knowledge, spark fresh thinking and produce ideas that can improve the human condition.”
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