UW Molecular Biology Professor Wins Pew Award

Jul 2, 2014

Assistant Professor Jay Gatlin has won the first Pew Scholar award for the campus.

Jay Gatlin
Jay Gatlin
Credit University of Wyoming

Gatlin was awarded the highly competitive research grant—which comes with 200 and 40 thousand dollars of research funding—based on his promising work in biomedical sciences.

“I study the cellular machinery,” Gatlin explained, “that’s responsible for separating the copies of DNA during cell division.”

This machinery is important, says Gatlin, because it might hold keys to new treatments for cancer—a disease marked by very rapid cell division.

The Pew Scholar award is designed to recognize early career scholars in fields ranging from neuroscience to genetics.