7 scientists named Boettcher Investigators

Seven early-career scientists were selected this week by the Boettcher Foundation board of trustees for the fifth class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program.

Loren Hough, an assistant professor of physics at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Christopher Gentile, an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition at Colorado State University, were among those chosen.

The Webb-Waring program, launched in 2010, assists early-career researchers engaged in biomedical sciences to advance their work. Each researcher, or Boettcher Investigator, is awarded a $225,000 grant covering up to three years of research while the individuals establish themselves and become competitive for major awards from federal agencies or other private foundations.

Hough is exploring the structural biology of ordered and disordered proteins, while Gentile is working on finding the molecular causes of vascular dysfunction.

“The new class of Boettcher investigators represents some of the finest scientific minds in the state,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation, in a press release. “We are honored to have the opportunity to support their research, which has the potential to have significant impacts on human health.”

The other five researchers awarded grants this year were:

* Kunhua Song, assistant professor of medicine at CU’s Anschutz Medical Campus.

* Roger Bannister, assistant professor of medicine at Anschutz.

* Subhajyoti De, assistant professor of biomedical informatics and personalized medicine at Anschutz.

* Amy Dounay, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Colorado College.

* Rachel Zemans, assistant professor of medicine at National Jewish Hospital.

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