The award supports highly promising health care and academic professionals in the early years of their first professional appointment to explore innovative questions or pilot studies that will provide preliminary data and training necessary to assure the applicant’s future success as a research scientist.

The total award amount, $231,000 over three years, will be used to fund a new project in Dr. Chen’s lab, titled “A Synthetic Biology Approach for Early Detection and Treatment of Chemotherapy-Induced Cardiomyopathy,” where they will use synthetic biology tools to develop ways to detect cancer chemotherapy-Induced cardiomyopathy early and to treat associated pathologies.

Dr. Chen has been with Basic Biomedical Sciences since July 2021.