Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) scientist Kevin Eggan was cited by President George W. Bush for his work in advancing the field of stem cell science on both scientific and educational levels.

Eggan received a Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE) “… for developing new approaches for reprogramming of patient cells into pluripotent stem cells and for developing and teaching new undergraduate curriculum in stem cell science.”

The assistant professor in Harvard’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology and HSCI principal faculty member received the award from Bush in a Dec. 19 ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Building, next door to the White House.

The award extends Eggan’s current National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for an additional five years, which will provide his lab with approximately $1 million in funding over that period. Eggan was one of 68 scientists from around the nation named to receive a PECASE award.