Matias Bruzoni, MD
Bruzoni was promoted to associate professor of surgery, effective Nov. 1. He directs the pediatric surgery fellowship and the Hispanic Center for Pediatric Surgery at Stanford Children’s Health. His research and clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery in neonates, weight loss surgery in adolescents, surgical oncology and inflammatory bowel disease.
Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD
Deisseroth, the D. H. Chen Professor and professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was elected to the 2018 class of fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. Deisseroth pioneered optogenetics, a way of controlling cells with light, and hydrogel-tissue chemistry, a way of making biological tissues transparent and accessible for labeling and imaging biomolecules.
Donald Frush, MD
Frush was appointed professor of radiology, effective Nov. 1. His research centers on pediatric body computed tomography, including technology assessment, techniques for pediatric multidetector CT examinations, assessment of image quality, CT radiation dosimetry and risk communication.
Zihuai He, PhD
He was appointed assistant professor (research) of neurology and neurological sciences and of medicine, effective Nov. 1. His research focuses on statistical genetics and integrative analysis of -omics data, with an aim to develop methodologies for identifying and interpreting biological pathways involved in diseases, particularly neurological disorders.
Peter Kim, PhD
Kim, the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Biochemistry, received an Arthur Kornberg and Paul Berg Lifetime Achievement Award in Biomedical Sciences from the Stanford Medicine Alumni Association. The award recognizes the lifetime achievements of School of Medicine alumni in the biomedical sciences. After discovering how proteins cause viral membranes to fuse with cells, a process required for infection by many viruses, Kim designed molecules that stop membrane fusion by HIV and pioneered efforts to develop vaccines based on similar principles. He is continuing his efforts to create vaccines, including against HIV.
Nicholas Leeper, MD
Leeper, associate professor of surgery and of medicine, received the Falk Catalyst Research Award from the Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust. The award program provides one year of seed funding to support high-risk, high-reward projects that address critical scientific and therapeutic roadblocks. The $300,000 grant will fund his study of nanoparticles to stimulate efferocytosis, the process of clearing dead and diseased cells from atherosclerotic plaque with the goal of preventing heart attack and stroke.
Sergiu Pasca, MD
Pasca, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, won the 2018 Daniel H. Efron Research Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. The award, which includes $1,500, recognizes outstanding basic research contributions to neuropsychopharmacology. He was recognized for pioneering a way to create balls of human brain cells that mimic the architecture of the cerebral cortex and for uncovering mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders.
Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, PhD
Stirman was promoted to associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, effective Nov. 1. Her research focuses on developing and testing implementation strategies to facilitate the use of evidence-based psychosocial interventions in routine care settings.
Adam Wang, PhD
Wang was appointed assistant professor of radiology, effective Nov. 1. His research focuses on developing technologies for advanced X-ray and CT imaging, including novel system design, model-based image reconstruction, spectral imaging and radiation transport methods.
Monte Winslow, PhD
Winslow was promoted to associate professor of genetics and of pathology, effective Nov. 1. His research focuses on uncovering rules that govern tumor progression and metastasis, and discovering new therapeutic targets across the continuum of cancer progression, including the lethal metastatic stage.
Sherry Wren, MD
Wren, professor and vice chair of surgery, was the inaugural recipient of the #SheForShe award from Women in Surgery Africa for supporting the development of women surgeons in the region. WiSA is a membership group that provides support to female surgeons, surgeons in training and medical students in the 14 member countries of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa.
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