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2003 NIDCD PECASE Award Winners

September 23, 2004

The NIDCD is pleased to announce that 3 NIDCD-funded members of the communication sciences community were awarded the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for 2003. The NIH is participating with other Federal Agencies and Departments in the PECASE Program. This annual award recognizes outstanding young scientists who exhibit exceptional leadership qualities and research expertise early in their careers.

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Matthew I. Banks, Ph.D.

Dr. Banks is the Assistant Professor of the Department of Anesthesiology and Physiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Banks is recognized for his outstanding contributions in the field of auditory neuroscience, using an integrative approach to the study of the central nervous system by merging cutting-edge cellular, computational, and systems biology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992. Read more about Dr. Banks' research.

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Steven Dunn Munger, Ph.D.

Dr. Munger is the Assistant Professor of the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Munger is recognized for his outstanding accomplishments in the field of taste molecular biology, including new insights into how the structural binding of a class of taste receptors to sweet-tasting compounds determines selectivity and sensitivity, important factors in food intake and in the maintenance of a balanced and nutritious diet. He received his Ph.D. through the Whitney Laboratory and the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Florida under the mentorship of Barry W. Ache and Barbara-Anne Battelle. He joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in 2000 and is a member of the Program in Neuroscience, the Training Program in Functional Genomics and Molecular Medicine, and the Integrative Membrane Biology Training Program. Read more about Dr. Munger's research.

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William DeBello, Ph.D.

Dr. DeBello is the Assistant Professor of the Center for Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis. Dr. DeBello is recognized for his outstanding contributions in the field of auditory neuroscience, using an integrative approach to define genes whose differential expression underlies learning. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1996. He joined the faculty of the University of California, Davis in 2000. Read more about Dr. DeBello's research.

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