Research

Mellon Scholars

Mellon Scholars

One of the unique facets of the Institute for Pediatric Research is the Mellon Scholars Program, which enables promising physician-scientists in the early stages of their careers to pursue potential breakthrough research projects in biomedicine. Startup and continuous funding together with state-of-the-art core facilities foster high-risk, high-impact projects and encourage the Institute’s researchers to pursue their most innovative ideas.

Mellon Scholars are selected on the basis of work that is:

  • Highly innovative, delivering new expertise to the biomedical research community;
  • Likely to lead to major breakthroughs;
  • Capable of having a long-lasting impact on the practice of medicine.

The Scholars

Stephen Maricich, MD, PhD  

Stephen M. Maricich, MD, PhD
A child neurologist whose research lab focuses on understanding sensory system development, Dr. Maricich and his team work on two main lines of study. The first tries to understand processes that control development of Merkel cells, which are specialized skin cells that are critical to the sense of touch. Deranged growth of these cells is also thought to cause a type of cancer that is currently very difficult to treat. The second project studies development of neurons in the brain that are important for hearing, and how disruptions of development lead to reorganization of connectivity and function of the auditory system.

Timothy Sanders, MD, PhD
Dr. Sanders is a neonatologist whose research addresses the mechanisms that control embryonic development. His research group investigates novel cellular and molecular mechanisms by which the early embryo, nervous system, and skeletal system are organized. One technically innovative approach employed is the application of sophisticated live cell imaging techniques to dynamically visualize cellular interactions during tissue formation.

Last Update
November 26, 2013
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Last Update
November 26, 2013
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