MSI PI Wendy Gordon, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics, has been named a 2016 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. This grant, presented by the Pew Charitable Trust, “provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.” (from the Pew Charitable Trusts website. Professor Gordon is one of 22 scientists to receive this award in 2016. An article about her and her research appears on the College of Biological Sciences website.
Professor Gordon uses MSI to support her lab’s research into the molecular mechanisms used by cell-surface receptors to sense and respond to force. This research may lead to novel therapeutic methods.