Life Sciences Research Foundation funds two early career scientists

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Life Sciences Research Foundation has announced funding for 18 early career postdoctoral researchers in all areas of life sciences, including two from Harvard. These researchers will receive funding over the next three years as they investigate questions surrounding human health and disease.

Diego Pacheco Pinedo was awarded for a proposal titled “Neural circuits underlying feedback control of locomotion speed.” Pinedo works in the laboratory of Rachel Wilson at Harvard Medical School and received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Isobel Ronai was awarded for a proposal titled “Developing tick control strategies to prevent Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.” Ronai works in the laboratory of Cassandra Extavour, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology and of molecular and cellular biology, and received her Ph.D. from the University of Sydney.

The 2023 awardees join more than 700 other scientists who have received postdoctoral awards from the foundation since 1983. All current awardees have the opportunity to meet annually, share their research and interact with peers in research fields distinct from their own, broadening their scientific training.

Finalists are chosen annually by the organization’s peer review committee from more than 500 applications.