The Pew Latin American Fellows Program was launched in 1991 to cultivate outstanding researchers and to strengthen the infrastructure of biomedical science in Latin American countries. The program provides each fellow with salary support for two years of postdoctoral training in the laboratory of an established researcher in the United States. In some cases, those mentors come from the community of Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences—the sister program to the Pew Latin American Fellows Program. The scholars program has for 28 years supported promising U.S. scientists early in their careers.
The Latin American fellowships are designated by a distinguished national advisory committee chaired by Torsten N. Wiesel, M.D., president emeritus of Rockefeller University and a 1981 Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine.
"Scientific discoveries and innovations are, as we all know, not limited by geographic boundaries. This year's Pew Latin American fellows are among the most creative and committed scientific students to be found anywhere in the world," said Wiesel. "They will undoubtedly further advance our scientific understanding and knowledge in biology and medicine."
As of 2008, 20 percent of foreign citizens who earned doctorates in the science, engineering, or health fields in the United States reported returning to their country of origin to work or live, according to the National Science Foundation. By contrast, more than 70 percent of the Pew fellows return to their home countries to set up their own laboratories. In addition to the $30,000-a-year stipend that fellows receive while training in the United States, the program also offers $35,000 to those who go back.
To date, Pew has dedicated more than $18 million in direct support for more than 200 Latin American fellows.
The 2013 Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences and the laboratories in which they will train are:
Argentina Estefania Bello, Ph.D. Laboratory of Eric Kandel, M.D. Columbia University Neuroscience
Diego Fernandez, Ph.D. Laboratory of Samer Hattar, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University Neuroscience
Diana Posadas, Ph.D. Laboratory of Richard Carthew, Ph.D. Northwestern University Developmental and RNA biology
Sabrina Sanchez, Ph.D. Laboratory of Steve Kay, Ph.D. University of Southern California Genetic regulation and circadian rhythm
Brazil Paulo Jose Teixeira, Ph.D. Laboratory of Jeff Dangl, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Plant biology and pathogenesis
Chile Carlos Blondel, Ph.D. Laboratory of Matthew Waldor, M.D., Ph.D. Brigham and Women's Hospital Cell biology and pathogenesis
Marco Contreras, Ph.D. Laboratory of Jean-Marc Fellous, Ph.D. University of Arizona Neurobiology and behavior
Andres Herrada, Ph.D. Laboratory of Dario Vignali, Ph.D. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Immunology
Ecuador Sofia Ocana, Ph.D. Laboratory of Mario Grijalva, Ph.D. Ohio University Infectious disease
Mexico V. Julian Valdes, Ph.D. Laboratory of Elena Ezhkova, Ph.D. Mount Sinai School of Medicine Genetic regulation
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