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The 2018 STEM CELLS Young Investigator Award has been awarded to Dr. Benjamin “Beno” Freedman for his groundbreaking work withBenjamin "Beno" Freedman in lab organoids in studying kidney structure and disease. The award is given annually to an early-career scientist whose paper is judged to be of worldwide significance by a global jury. Freedman was senior author on the paper, “Gene-Edited Human Kidney Organoids Reveal Mechanisms of Disease in Podocyte Development,” published December 2017 in STEM CELLS.

Freedman is a UW School of Medicine assistant professor of nephrology and a faculty member at the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. Learn more about his research in a two-minute video.