4 Indian-American scientists among NHI New Innovator Awards

From left, Vasanth Vedantam, Upasana Sharma, Mandar Muzumdar and Rajat Gupta.

Four Indian-Americans are among scientists selected for the National Institutes of Health’s New Innovator Awards. Those selected include Dr. Rajat Gupta, Dr. Mandar Deepak Muzumdar, Upasana Sharma and Vasanth Vedantham.

The awards are part of NIH’s Common Fund's High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, which support “exceptionally creative scientists with highly innovative research. “

Gupta is a cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital with a research laboratory in the Divisions of Cardiovascular Medicine and Genetics. His research is focused on identifying new treatments for vascular disease using human genetics to discover the causal biologic pathways.

Muzumdar is an assistant professor in the Yale Cancer Biology Institute and the Departments of Genetics and Medicine in the School of Medicine at Yale University.

As a physician-scientist, Muzumdar is interested iidentifyingnovel strategies for cancer prevention and treatment.He received his A.B. in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College followed by an M.D. from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Sharma is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She obtained her Ph.D. from Wesleyan University and trained as a Charles H. Hood Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Vedantham is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and an Affiliate Investigator in the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. His lab focuses on the development, physiology, and evolution of heart rhythm from a multidisciplinary perspectivewith a goal to develop translational therapies for arrhythmias.

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