Profiles of Biomedical Researchers

Since 1985, Pew's biomedical programs have provided funding to hundreds of beginning researchers who show outstanding promise in science with the potential to advance human health. The exceptional research of the scholars and fellows has earned them Nobel Prizes, Lasker Awards, MacArthur Genius Awards and other distinctions. Here are their stories:

Learn more about Nels Elde, this month's  Featured Biomedical Researcher.


 Nels Elde
Nels Elde

Profile: Nels Elde
2012 Pew Biomedical Scholar

Nels Elde quotes Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass: “It takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place.” 

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Esteban Engel
Esteban Engel

Profile: Esteban Engel
2011 Pew Latin American Fellow

"This is a great deal of help, especially early on, when it is hard to get competitive grants."

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Mary Gehring
Mary Gehring

Profile: Mary Gehring
2011 Pew Biomedical Scholar

 "I got really excited about the genetics that were underlying what you could see when plants grew and developed." 

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Gary Gibbons
Gary H. Gibbons, M.D

 Video Profile: Gary H. Gibbons, M.D. 
1994 Pew Biomedical Scholar

"The Pew approach recognized that what they were really funding was a promising scholar."

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Jeff Gore
Jeff Gore

 Profile: Jeff Gore
2001 Pew Biomedical Scholar

"I realized there were a lot of beautiful questions to ask."

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Carol Greider
Carol Greider 

Video Profile: Carol Greider
1990 Pew Biomedical Scholar

"The Pew Scholars had a major role in my career."

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Mike Kuhns
 Mike Kuhns 

Video Profile: Mike Kuhns
2011 Pew Biomedical Scholar

“Pew support allows you to explore and take risks.”

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Erica Larschan, 2011 Pew Biomedical Scholar
 Erica Larschan 

Profile: Erica Larschan,
2011 Pew Biomedical Scholar

“Larschan's work has already distinguished her as a scientific pioneer…”

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Carolyn Machamer

Profile: Carolyn Machamer
1990 Pew Biomedical Scholar

“The beauty of research is that it teaches us things we never set out to learn.”

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Natalia Martin
Profile: Natalia Martin
2012 Pew Latin American Fellow

“Doing science in the U.S. sometimes seems limitless.”

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Ann Morris, 2011 Pew Biomedical Scholar
Ann Morris 

Profile: Ann Morris,
2011 Pew Biomedical Scholar

“I believe in the power of studying animals that can naturally accomplish what we want to do therapeutically in humans.”

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Aimee Shen
Aimee Shen
Profile: Aimee Shen,
2012 Pew Biomedical Scholar

“Pew has empowered me and inspired me to enter a field that I wasn't established in.”

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Benjamin tenOever

 Video Profile: Benjamin tenOever
2008 Pew Biomedical Scholar

"We're trying to understand how a virus works."

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Kathryn Wellen
Kathryn E. Wellen, Ph.D.

Video Profile: Kathryn E. Wellen
2012 Pew Biomedical Scholar

"I'm really excited for the opportunity to meet and interact with the other Pew Scholars."

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Featured Biomedical Researcher

Manu Prakash

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Manu Prakash

"Pew was the first biomedical funding program to select me, and that in itself has had a huge impact on me personally."

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