Washington Research Foundation (WRF) has awarded a $250,000 phase 2 technology commercialization grant to Anindya Roy, Ph.D., to further develop a novel miniprotein binder for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Roy, an acting instructor in David Baker’s lab at the University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design (IPD), is building on positive results from a WRF phase 1…
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On June 9, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center leaders unveiled two new awards honoring employees who embody the Hutch’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI, in research. The Inclusive Leadership and Excellence Award recognizes those who have made meaningful contributions to inclusion, diversity, equity, anti-racism and anti-oppression. The Humanity and Science Leadership Award recognizes employees who have supported…
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Global health researchers at the University of Washington have received a $122 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to test the effectiveness of a once-a-month oral pill to prevent HIV. The five-year grant will support the implementation of a Phase 3, randomized trial of islatravir among women in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Islatravir is a nucleoside reverse…
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Kendan Jones-Isaac and Dr. Eric Scott Nealy Named on 2021 Husky 100 List

The annual Husky 100 list recognizes University of Washington undergraduate and graduate students who are making the most of their time at UW. In 2021, two trainees from labs affiliated with the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM) were celebrated for their contributions to scientific research, to human health, and to the lives of people around them. Congratulations to Eric…
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Yasemin Sancak, assistant professor of pharmacology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, today was named a 2021 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences.  She is one of 22 early-career researchers The Pew Charitable Trusts newly selected for this program. [See Pew news release.] The scholars will receive funding over the next four years to investigate questions in human…
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Two BBI staff have received UW Awards of Excellence for their outstanding contributions during “the extraordinary challenges of 2020.” Research Coordinator Peter Han and Administrative Director Nola Klemfuss were recognized June 10 with “Together We Will” awards by UW President Ana Mari Cauce. They were among several alumni, faculty, staff, retirees, and students who “contribute to the richness and diversity…
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Washington Research Foundation (WRF) has awarded a $250,000 grant that will enable Xiaohu Gao, Ph.D., to develop a technology platform to tag proteins and other large molecules with cholesterol in a way that enables them to be efficiently delivered into living cells. Gao, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington, previously received $50,000 from WRF in 2019 for a proof-of-principle…
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Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the most common form of kidney cancer. Nearly 15,000 people in the United States succumb to RCC each year, and the incidence is rising. The best treatment options today are surgery and radiation, but this type of cancer has proven to be particularly resistant to drugs, creating an urgent need for more effective interventions. In…
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2021 Beeson Award

Dr. Sarah Steinkruger, clinical instructor (General Internal Medicine) is the recipient of the 37th annual Paul B. Beeson Award. Dr. Steinkruger was chosen by the medicine residents in recognition of outstanding clinical teaching and for exemplifying scholarship, humility, compassion, and integrity. The award commemorates Dr. Paul Beeson, a distinguished physician at the Seattle VA in the 1970s, who was celebrated…
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Ph.D. student will study immune cell dynamics in cancer. Kathleen Abadie, a UW Bioengineering Ph.D. student, has received a Fulbright fellowship to advance her research in immune cell behavior and immunotherapy. She will spend the 2021-22 academic year working in the lab of Professor Ido Amit at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. Kathleen currently works in the lab of Hao…
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