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The Pew Charitable Trusts today announced Yasemin Sancak, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology, is one of 22 early-career researchers selected to join the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. Sancak will probe how mitochondria, which have several functions, interact with other cell organelles to work properly. Research on disrupted interactions might pinpoint therapy targets for many diseases.

The 2021 scholars were chosen from 198 applicants nominated by leading academic institutions and researchers across the United States. These scientists will receive funding over the next four years as they investigate timely questions surrounding human health and disease. The 2021 class join more than 1,000 other scientists who have received awards from Pew since 1985.

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