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Trainees are the engines of progress

Jiou Wang and BMB trainees

Jiou Wang and his trainees in BMB


IN DECEMBER, WHEN NOBEL PRIZE SEASON rolls around, the fanfare
surrounding 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.

Ashani Weeraratna, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has this to say about the central role that doctoral and postdoctoral trainees play on the front line of scientific inquiry:

"Trainees are the future of science. With each batch of students and postdoctoral trainees that comes through our department, we have an immense responsibility to give them the guidance to succeed and the freedom to soar. Each generation of scientists drives new innovations, whether conceptual or technological—for example, due to innovations in technologies, my trainees can today perform in just a few hours experiments that took me three days. And yet, given the funding climate for science, fewer and fewer trainees want to make that next bold step into becoming investigators in their own right. By investing in them early, we can build the confidence in them that their work and their future contributions are critical for the biomedical enterprise and encourage them to continue to forge boldly ahead at the frontiers of science."

Consider making a gift today to give a bright young 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.