Peter Walentek, a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Harland's lab, has received a K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence Award designed to foster the transiton of new investigators to research independence. It provides close to $1 Million in funding to support his research and for starting his own lab. His research is focused on understanding systems and molecular mechanisms that regulate development and regeneration of airway mucociliary epithelia. This will lead to better diagnosis and treatment of congenital and chronic airway diseases including COPD, cystic fibrosis and other infections.
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