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    The Hartwell Foundation awards two St. Jude staff members

    Jian Zuo and Samantha Cicero

    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Developmental Neurobiology staff member Jian Zuo, PhD, has been awarded research funding from The Hartwell Foundation following a competitive process that involved 35 other nominees from nine institutions. Zuo, one of twelve recipients of a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award, received $300,000 in direct costs over three years to support his research on recovery of hearing at the most fundamental level of auditory reception, regeneration of inner ear hair cells. Zuo joined the St. Jude staff in 1998.
    Each year, the Hartwell Foundation seeks to inspire individual achievement in a competitive process that funds early-stage, innovative and cutting-edge applied biomedical research that potentially will benefit children. Research institutions selected by the Hartwell Foundation that fully participate in the nomination process receive a Hartwell Fellowship to fund one postdoctoral candidate of their choice, which provides $100,000 support over two years direct cost. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital honored Samantha Cicero, PhD, by designating her a Hartwell Fellow. Cicero, a postdoctoral research scientist in Developmental Neurobiology, joined St. Jude in 2006 to pursue further specialized training as part of her career development. Her research focuses on retinoblastoma, a malignant tumor of the retina.

    June 2007