The Pew Charitable Trusts has named Yale University faculty member and stem cell researcher Valerie Horsley, Ph.D., as a 2010 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences.
This program enables scientists who are early in their careers to expand their research and explore unanticipated leads. Scholars receive $240,000 over four years. Past winners have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, MacArthur Fellowship and Albert Lasker Medical Research Award.
Horsley, an assistant professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate stem cell activity and function within epithelia, the tissues that line the body’s internal organs and outer surfaces. Her lab uses cell culture models and the mouse as a genetic model to study how stem cells in epithelial tissues regulate tissue formation and regeneration, and potentially contribute to cancer formation. Her lab studies how cell communication and regulation of gene expression coordinate to regulate normal and diseased skin tissue.
“I am honored to receive a Pew Scholar Award,” Horsley said. “This award will allow my lab to do innovative experiments to address essential questions in stem cell and tissue biology."
In 25 years, the Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences program has invested more than $125 million to fund nearly 500 scholars. The application process is highly competitive. This year’s 21 winners have conducted research related to cancer, Alzheimer’s, autism, glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease and birth defects. For full biographies and information regarding the scholars’ research, please visit www.pewscholars.org.