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    Joseph T. Opferman, PhD

    Joseph T. Opferman, PhD

    Opferman named 2006 Pew Scholar

    Joseph Opferman, PhD, Biochemistry, has been named a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences.

    Identified by the Pew Scholars Program as one of 15 of the country’s most gifted biomedical scientists, Opferman will receive $240,000 during the next four years to support his research, which mainly focuses on processes that control lymphocyte development.

    Pew Scholars are junior faculty members at medical schools and research institutions who show outstanding promise in the basic and clinical sciences. The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the University of California at San Francisco, was created on the premise that resources awarded early in the scholars’ careers could provide more independence to some of the greatest emerging scientific minds, freeing them to focus earlier on their own areas of interest. The competitive awards provide flexible support to the scholars as they establish their laboratories and continue research in their areas of focus.

    “The selection of Joe Opferman for a Pew Scholarship reaffirms our confidence that Joe has had an outstanding start to his career and has the intellect and creativeness to make great advances in our knowledge of processes that control lymphocyte development,” said James Ihle, PhD, chair, Biochemistry.

    Pew Scholar applicants must be nominated by an invited institution and demonstrate excellence and innovation in their research. Awardees are chosen by a national advisory committee of biomedical scientists. Previous scholars have gone on to win the Nobel Prize in chemistry, the MacArthur Award and the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award.

    Brenda Schulman, PhD, Structural Biology and Genetics and Tumor Cell Biology, and Michael Dyer, PhD, Developmental Neurobiology, named in 2002 and 2004 respectively, were the first from St. Jude to be named as Pew Scholars.

    July 2006