Columbia neurobiology fellow wins major career award from 2002 Burroughs Wellcome funding program

Kristin Scott, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow and research scientist in the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University Health Sciences, has been named a 2002 Burroughs Wellcome Fund career awardee in the biomedical sciences. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards Program was established in 1995 to foster the development of promising biomedical researchers early in their careers and to help them make the transition from postdoctoral researcher to full-fledged independent investigator. Dr. Scott, who will receive a $500,000 grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) to study taste representation in the brains of Drosophila (a type of fruit fly commonly used in biomedical research), is one of just 17 investigators across the United States named to this year's roster of winners.

A 1989 graduate of the University of Chicago with a bachelor's degree in biology, Dr. Scott subsequently pursued doctoral studies in neurobiology at the University of California at San Diego, where she studied phototransduction (the conversion of light into sensory stimuli) in Drosophila under the tutelage of Dr. Charles Zuker. Upon receiving her Ph.D. in 1998, Dr. Scott joined Columbia as a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of University Professor Richard Axel, M.D.-where today she investigates the gustatory system (mechanisms of taste) in Drosophila-at the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior. Dr. Scott is the recipient of a 1999 Life Sciences Research Fellowship at Columbia and has published articles about her research in a number of scholarly journals and publications, including Cell, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Nature.

"I am thrilled that Burroughs Wellcome has chosen to honor and perpetuate my work through the career awards program," said Dr. Scott. "Their long-term support will enable me to pursue my research systematically and comprehensively across two different stages of my career and to unravel the mystery of e

Contact: Leslie Boen
Columbia University Medical Center

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