Seven researchers named Boettcher Investigators

Thursday May 30, 2019 0 comments Tags: Denver, Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Award, Katie Kramer, Jennifer Jones Paton, Colorado BioScience Association

DENVER -- Seven biomedical researchers at Colorado institutions have been selected as Boettcher Investigators, marking the 10th class to receive research funding through the Boettcher Foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program.Boettcher_Foundation_logoUSE

The awards support promising, early career scientific researchers, allowing them to establish their independent research and make it competitive for major federal and private awards.

Recipients are awarded $235,000 in grant funding to sustain up to three years of biomedical research.

“Our 10th class of Boettcher Investigators represents Colorado’s most dynamic emerging scientists who are committed to improving human health,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation.

“The Boettcher Foundation is honored to support them at this critical juncture in their research careers.”

Including the class of 2019, 68 Boettcher Investigators have received funding through the Webb-Waring program. Since 2010, Boettcher Investigators have gone on to earn a collective $65 million in subsequent independent research funding. Ninety-five percent of award recipients remain at Colorado research institutions, advancing the foundation’s mission of keeping Colorado’s top scientific minds in the state.

“The Boettcher Foundation’s Webb-Waring program has been an important addition to Colorado’s biomedical research landscape,” said Jennifer Jones Paton, president and CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association.

“We see the impact the program has made over the past 10 years. We congratulate the newest class of Boettcher Investigators.”

The 2019 Class of Boettcher Investigators and their research topics are:

Colorado State University

  • Seonil Kim, assistant professor of Biomedical Sciences -- Cellular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease

National Jewish Health

  • Kara J. Mould, assistant professor of Medicine -- Macrophage programming in acute lung injury

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

  • Cecilia Caino, assistant professor of Pharmacology -- Novel mitochondrial signaling platforms in cancer
  • Robert Dietz, assistant professor of Pediatrics -- Functional recovery and reversal of impairment after ischemia in the developing brain
  • Neelanjan Mukherjee, assistant professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics -- Systems biology of RNA regulatory networks
  • Kelly D. Sullivan, assistant professor of Pediatrics -- Interferon signaling in Down syndrome

University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

  • Tara Cepon Robins, assistant professor of Anthropology -- Parasite exposure and immune system development