Campbell-Staton and Kutcher named Bio-Scientists in Biomedical Sciences

Pew Charitable Trusts today announced that Princeton environmental scientists Shane Campbell Staton And the Sarah Kosher They are members of the newest category of Pew Scholars Program in Biomedical Sciencestwo of 22 early-career scientists who will receive four-year funding to explore pressing questions in health and medicine.

Susan K. said: Orahn, President and CEO of Pew: “Biomedical innovation is essential to solving both current and emerging global health issues.” “We are thrilled to support this talented and inspiring group and their research.”

Campbell-Staton and Kocher were selected from among 197 applicants nominated by leading academic institutions and researchers across the United States. As Pew Biomedical Scientists, they join the community of more than 1,000 scientists who have received Bio Awards since 1985. Scientists meet annually to build relationships and share ideas. “This new category embodies diverse, innovative and unique new approaches to biomedical research,” said Craig Melo, a 1995 Bio-scientist and 2006 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine who chairs the National Advisory Committee for the Scholars Program. “With the support of the Pew Center, these scientists will not only have the resources, but they will have access to a network of colleagues and advisors who will launch new discoveries and push the boundaries of their work. I look forward to seeing where their discoveries take them.”

Shane Campbell Staton

Shane Campbell Staton

Campbell Staton, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), “will investigate the evolution of protective anticancer responses in wolves living in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone,” according to the award, using predators that live near a failed nuclear power plant as a case study. new study to examine how genetic variation may help protect us from cancer.

Campbell-Staton’s areas of research include biodiversity and ecology, with a particular focus on evolution in the Anthropocene – the current geological age in which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. In this area of ​​research, he focuses on factors such as, for example, the effects of urbanization, climate change, overfishing, pollution and invasive species on wildlife populations. It also studies animal performance, gene expression, and genomics to understand the enduring biological effects of human activities on wildlife populations.

Sarah Kosher

Sarah Kosher

Kocher, associate professor at EEB and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics (LSI), “will examine how genes and environment shape social behavior in race bees,” according to the award citation.

Kocher integrates methods from many different fields of biology to study the evolution of animal behavior. After receiving her bachelor’s degree as one of the early graduates of the integrative biology program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, she continued to study the genetic and physiological underpinnings of queen interactions with honeybees at North Carolina State University, where she completed her Ph. in 2009. At Princeton, its laboratory group combines genetic studies, field work, and laboratory observations to understand the wide differences in insects’ social behavior. By weaving genetics, genomics, observations and experiments together, her team is able to identify the key molecular mechanisms behind these behavioral differences and the environmental factors that influence them.