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NIDCD-Supported Scientists Receive Presidential Awards
Three NIDCD-supported scientists have won the highest government honor for outstanding scientists or engineers who are beginning independent careers, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This award highlights extraordinary potential for scientific leadership. "Scientific leadership recognized early and given support and visibility can not only ensure an increasingly productive career trajectory for the individual, but it will ensure many benefits to the public through discovery," said James F. Battey, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), on learning of the awards.
- Andrew James Griffith, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Griffith is currently the Acting Chief on Gene Structure and Function and the Acting Chief of the Hearing Section, Division of Intramural Research, NIDCD. His laboratory identifies and characterizes genes, molecules, and mechanisms underlying normal hearing and hereditary deafness, using molecular biologic, genetic, and physiologic approaches and both human and animal models. Dr. Griffith's medical degree is from the Yale School of Medicine. His Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry is from Yale University. He has been with NIDCD since 1998. Learn more about Dr. Griffith's research.
- Dana Boatman, Ph.D., CCC-A
Dr. Boatman is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Otolaryngology and is the Director, Central Auditory Clinic, Departments of Neurology and Otolaryngology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has been a member of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine since 1996. Her primary area of research is on the human central auditory system, focusing on the neural bases of complex sound processing in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Boatman's Ph.D. is from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Cognitive Neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- Richard Walker, Ph.D.
Dr. Walker was appointed as an Assistant Professor to the Oregon Hearing Research Center (ORC) in 2002 with a joint appointment in the Vollum Institute. His primary work is in mechanisms of mechanosensory transduction in Drosophila. His research combines two approaches, the molecular-genetic pathway to identify genes involved in mechanosensory transduction and an electrophysiological approach to understanding both the wild-tupe and mutant mechanosensory responses. Dr. Walker earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. His post-doctoral fellowship was at the University of San Diego.