The Pew Charitable Trusts named Susan R. Schwab, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and the Skirball Institute Program of Molecular Pathogenesis, as a 2010 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Schwab is among 21 new Pew Scholars from universities across the country. Work by 2010 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences includes research related to cancer, Alzheimer's, autism, glaucoma, Parkinson's disease and birth defects. Dr. Schwab will receive $240,000 ($60,000 annually) over four years in support of her research.
Dr. Schwab's research focuses on lymphocytes, white blood cells that play an integral role in the body's defense, to answer broad questions related to inflammation and autoimmune disease. Dr. Schwab will research how lymphocytes navigate around the body. She will also investigate how specific molecules direct lymphocyte trafficking, and how changes in the levels of these molecules in tissues affect inflammatory responses.
Dr. Schwab completed her doctoral work in immunology with 1987 Pew Scholar Nilabh Shastri, PhD, in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. She then proceeded to do postdoctoral work in immunology with Dr. Jason Cyster, a 1996 Pew Scholar, at the University of California San Francisco. In 2007, she joined the Department of Pathology at NYU School of Medicine as an assistant professor.
"Twenty-five years ago, The Pew Charitable Trusts identified a tremendous opportunity to impact the world of science by supporting the most promising young investigators and encouraging them to pursue their best ideas without restrictions," said Rebecca W. Rimel, president and CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts. "Motivating scientists at this point in their careers is essential to advancing discovery and innovation, and Pew is honored to continue its commitment to this cadre of high-quality researchers."
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