BBI Scientific Director Dr. Jay Shendure will honored October 13 by UW Medicine as the 2022 “Inventor of the Year.” The event will be 5 pm to 7:30 pm at the UW Medicine office, 850 Republican Street, in Seattle. It will also include the CoMotion Innovator Showcase, where the next generation of UW innovators will share biomedical research. For more…
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Growing up in Oxford, England, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center postdoctoral researcher Dr. Nick Salisbury became fascinated with understanding “why things are” from a scientific lens. “Science is about understanding the way the world is and trying to come up with explanations,” he said. “And then you can make predictions about what will happen in the future.”
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Dr. Ruth Etzioni has received a seven-year Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA) from the National Cancer Institute so the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center biostatistician and holder of the Rosalie and Harold Rea Brown Endowed Chair can pursue “Modeling and Analytics for Novel Cancer Diagnostics.” The award, which comes with around $7.4 million in funding, will allow Etzioni and her team to build frameworks and tools…
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UW Medicine physician/scientist Danny E. Miller has received a competitive National Institutes of Health Director’s Early Independence Award, which provides up to $1.25 million over 5 years. Miller is an assistant professor of pediatrics, Division of Genetic Medicine, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The award, a part of the NIH’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program, supports early-career…
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Dr. Moritz Stolla, assistant professor (Hematology) has received the National Blood Foundation (NBF) Award for Innovative Research from the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies (AABB). This award was established in 2016 to recognize a scientist whose original research resulted in an important contribution to the body of scientific knowledge in transfusion medicine or biotherapies.
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Drs. Vincenzo Cirulli, associate professor and Laura Crisa, associate professor (Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition), and Hannele Ruohola-Baker and Shiri Levy (Biochemistry) have received the first state-funded 2022-2023 ISCRM Team Award (ITA). Funding will allow the researchers to develop and validate a multidisciplinary approach to generate clinically applicable pancreatic tissue for transplant in diabetes treatment. The goals of the ITA-funded effort…
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Sam Wasser Receives 2022 Lowell Thomas Award

Sam Wasser, UW Biology Professor and Co-Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Forensic Science, was recently awarded the 2022 Lowell Thomas Award. Provided by The Explorers Club(link is external), the annual award is given thematically to a group of outstanding explorers to recognize excellence in domains or fields of exploration. In the 2022 Lowell Thomas Award announcement(link is external), Sam ” is acknowledged…
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Drs. Vincenzo Cirulli, associate professor and Laura Crisa, associate professor (Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition), and Hannele Ruohola-Baker and Shiri Levy (Biochemistry) have received the first state-funded 2022-2023 Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM) Team Award (ITA). The project will leverage the complementary backgrounds of the Cirulli, Ruohola-Baker, and Crisa laboratories to develop methods of yielding homogenous populations of functionally stable…
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Retooling Microbes to Upcycle CO2

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a 5-year, $15 million grant to an interdisciplinary, UW-led team of synthetic biologists to engineer microbial genomes that transform CO2 into high-value chemicals. The project, led by chemical engineering professor James Carothers, brings together expertise in CRISPR gene-expression programs, single-cell RNA sequencing, data-driven design, and carbon-conserving pathway engineering. Its aim is to advance…
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UW Biosensor Research Wins Prestigious Innovation Honor

Andre Berndt, assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington in Seattle has received the 2022 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award for work that “fundamentally changes the way neuroscience is conducted.” Berndt is one of three researchers this year to receive the $200,000 award given by the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. His team was recognized for…
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