SPOTLIGHT

Five University of Colorado researchers named 2019 Boettcher Investigators

CU now counts 44 awardees, $10.2 million in research awards from Webb-Waring Program
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The 2019 Class of Boettcher Investigators includes, rear from left, Kara Mould, M. Cecilia Caino and Seonil Kim; front from left, Neelanjan Mukherjee, Robert Dietz and Tara Cepon Robins. Not pictured: Kelly Sullivan.
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The 2019 Class of Boettcher Investigators includes, rear from left, Kara Mould, M. Cecilia Caino and Seonil Kim; front from left, Neelanjan Mukherjee, Robert Dietz and Tara Cepon Robins. Not pictured: Kelly Sullivan.

Five University of Colorado biomedical researchers are among the newest Boettcher Investigators.

This year’s is the 10th class to receive research funding through the Boettcher Foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program.

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.

This year’s class brings the total number of CU-based Boettcher Investigators to 44, representing research awards of $10.2 million. For the first time, a UCCS researcher is among the investigators.

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

Caino
Caino

Dietze
Dietze

Mukherjee
Mukherjee

Sullivan
Sullivan

Cepon Robins
Cepon Robins

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO ANSCHUTZ MEDICAL CAMPUS

M. Cecilia Caino, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology – Novel mitochondrial signaling platforms in cancer

Robert Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics – Functional recovery and reversal of impairment after ischemia in the developing brain

Neelanjan Mukherjee, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics – Systems biology of RNA regulatory networks

Kelly D. Sullivan, Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics – Interferon signaling in Down syndrome

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO COLORADO SPRINGS

Tara Cepon Robins, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology – Parasite exposure and immune system development

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Seonil Kim, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical sciences – Cellular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease

NATIONAL JEWISH HEALTH

Kara J. Mould, M.D. M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine – Macrophage programing in acute lung injury

“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.”

With the seven members of the class of 2019, some 68 Boettcher Investigators have received funding through the Webb-Waring program.

Since 2010, Boettcher Investigators from CU and other institutions have gone on to earn a collective $65 million in subsequent independent research funding. Of these award recipients, 95% 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.”

For more information about the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards, visit the Boettcher Foundation website.