Top Young Latin American Scientists Named Pew Biomedical Fellows

Ten young researchers were named Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences today by The Pew Charitable Trusts. For these scientists, who have dedicated their careers to finding solutions for some of the world’s most troubling health problems, this fellowship will provide support that will further their research, enable them to work with colleagues in the United States, and increase scientific knowledge throughout their home region.
“We welcome the new class of fellows into a cohort of talented scientists who are leaders in their fields and who are contributing to the growth of a vibrant, interdisciplinary scientific community,” said Rebecca W. Rimel, president and CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

The Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences program provides salary support over two years for postdoctoral-level, Latin American scientists to work in top laboratories in the United States. When finished with the U.S.-based research, Fellows receive additional funding to establish labs in their home countries.

The 2012 Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences are:

Argentina
Leonardo Boechi, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Dr. Andrew McCammon, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego
Computational and Structural Biology

Juan I. Fuxman Bass, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Marian Walhout, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Systems Biology

Jimena Giudice, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Thomas A. Cooper, M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Molecular Biology and Development

Natalia Martin, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Alejandro Aballay, Ph.D.
Duke University Medical Center
Neuroimmunology in Caenorhabditis elegans

Luis Maria Perez-Cuesta, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Wenbiao Gan, Ph.D.
Skirball Institute, New York University School of Medicine, Neuroscience

Brazil
Suzana Kahn, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Irving Weissman, Ph.D.
Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University
Cancer Cell Biology

Renata M. Pereira, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Anjana Rao, Ph.D.
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology
Molecular Biology/Biochemistry

Chile
Leandro J. Carreno, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Steven A. Porcelli, M.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Immunology/Allergy

Mexico
Daniel A. Silva Manzano, Ph.D.
Laboratory of David Baker, Ph.D.
University of Washington
Protein Design

Peru
Alfredo C. Criollo, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Joseph A. Hill, M.D., Ph.D.
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Cardiovascular Disease/Cellular Biology

For full biographies and information regarding the Fellows’ research, please visit http://directory.pewlatinfellows.org.