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Trainees are the engines of progress

Jiou Wang and BMB trainees

Jiou Wang and his trainees in BMB


IT'S NOBEL PRIZE SEASON, and the fanfare
surrounding the new award-winners
invariably highlights the accomplishments
of individual scientists, or occasionally two
who share a prize together. But the rewards
and recognition for decades of intensive trial,
toil, and error are also a credit to the young
investigators outside the spotlight.

Pierre Coulombe, E.V. McCollum Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has this to say about the central role that doctoral and post-doctoral trainees play in frontline scientific inquiry:

Trainees, whether at the graduate or post-graduate level, are the true engines of progress in biomedical research. In most laboratories, certainly my own, they carry out virtually all experiments at the bench and are the ones adapting the new assays and technologies needed to sustain progress and achieve success. Outstanding trainees are those individuals who, in the course of their experience in a given laboratory, progress to a stage whether they provide essential input in the design and interpretation of experiments, and are the drivers of high levels of success in research, in a way that significantly extends the abilities and, at times, vision of the mentor. I have been fortunate enough to have many such trainees in my more than 23-year tenure at Johns Hopkins – they have helped me build what I consider to be a world-class program. Given all this, support for trainees, through scholarships and prizes, are immensely helpful and strategically important to my mission, that of BMB, and the School and University at large.

Consider making a gift today to give a bright new scientist the keys to a laboratory here at the Bloomberg School.

With your help, our trainees can begin weaving tomorrow’s tapestry of discovery.

To learn more, contact Heath Elliott, Associate Dean for External Affairs, at 410-502-5275.