Pew funds 10 Latin American scientists conducting critical biomedical research

PHILADELPHIA – The Pew Charitable Trusts today announced the members of the 2021 class of the Pew Latin American Fellows in Biomedical Sciences program.

The 10 postdoctoral fellows from six Latin American countries – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay – will receive two-year funding to conduct research in laboratories across the United States and will work under the mentorship of eminent biomedical scientists. , including members of the Pew Scholars Program in Biomedical Sciences.

“The field of biomedical research is continually facing new challenges that require multiple perspectives from around the world,” said Susan K. Urahn, President and CEO of Pew. “Pew is proud to welcome these promising Latin American Fellows to our network of researchers as they explore new solutions and advance scientific knowledge.

Fellows who choose to return to Latin America to start their own research labs will receive additional funding from Pew. About 70 percent of the participants followed this path, contributing to the development of a stronger biomedical research community in Latin America.

Class 2021 research interests include how molecular interactions silence the X chromosome, how healthy gut bacteria can promote gut immunity, and how molecular and neural circuits guide seasonal rhythms in animals.

“The 2021 class of Fellows joins the Pew Network at a critical time, as labs face new hurdles in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Eva Nogales, Ph.D., professor in the department of biochemistry, biophysics and structural. biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and chair of the program’s national advisory committee. “Equipped with diverse knowledge from each of their respective countries, these promising fellows will help address complex global challenges and build a critical base for biomedical research across Latin America. ”

The 2021 Latin American Pew Fellows and their American mentors are:

Luis Boero, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Venkatesh N. Murthy, Ph.D., 2000 Pew Biomedical Researcher

Harvard University

Dr. Boero will explore the neural mechanisms that allow mice to make decisions based on smell.

Daiane Boff, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Victor J. Torres, Ph.D.

New York University Grossman School of Medicine

Dr Boff will explore how toxins produced by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus damage tissue and trigger sepsis, a potentially fatal disease.

Emerson Carmona Rojas, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Luis G. Cuello, Ph.D.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Dr. Carmona Rojas will probe the structure and function of an overactive channel protein in some forms of leukemia.

Andrea Cuentas-Condori, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Daniel Alfonso Colón-Ramos, Ph.D.

Yale University

Dr. Cuentas-Condori will examine how certain neurons communicate using two different chemical signals rather than one.

Mariana Duhne Aguayo, Ph.D.

Joshua Berke’s Laboratory, Ph.D.

University of California, San Francisco

Dr Duhne Aguayo will map the neural circuits that calibrate the speed with which animals move.

Guillermo Eastman, Ph.D.

Laboratory of George S. Bloom, Ph.D.

University of Virginia

Dr. Eastman will study how the two main toxic molecular species that characterize Alzheimer’s disease damage neurons by selectively altering protein synthesis.

José L. Fachi, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Marco Colonna, MD

Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

Dr Fachi will explore how metabolites produced by healthy gut bacteria promote gut immunity.

Sergio Hidalgo Sotelo, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Joanna Chiu, Ph.D.

University of California, Davis

Dr Hidalgo Sotelo will explore the molecular and neural circuits that guide the seasonal rhythms of animals.

Carlos Rivera lvarez, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Jeannie T. Lee, MD, Ph.D., 1999 Biomedical researcher Pew, 2019 Innovation Fund researcher

Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr Rivera Álvarez will study the molecular interactions that govern the extinction of the X chromosome.

Maria Clara Selles, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Moses V. Chao, Ph.D.

New York University Langone Health

Dr. Stool will explore whether the hormone oxytocin can protect neurons from the degeneration that accompanies Alzheimer’s disease.


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