Jason Michael Crawford named a Searle Scholar

Jason Michael Crawford, assistant professor of chemistry and microbial pathogenesis, has been named a 2013 Searle Scholar.

Crawford is one of 15 scholars selected from 176 applicants from 125 universities.

“I’m honored and humbled for being selected as one of the 2013 Searle Scholars, an exceptional group of young and innovative biomedical and chemical scientists,” Crawford said.

Crawford’s research focuses on interspecies pathogen evolution, which promises to provide new insights into infectious diseases in humans. Searle was specifically looking for scientists who have already demonstrated innovative research with the potential for making significant contributions to chemical and biological research.

The three-year grant for $300,000 will fund more innovative testing that would not otherwise be allowed through traditional sources. 

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry. Since its inception, 512 Scholars have been named and over $106 million has been awarded.