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The Boettcher Foundation has announced the selection of eight researchers to receive funding through the Boettcher Foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program. The 2020 recipients, known as Boettcher Investigators, represent five of Colorado’s top research institutions: Colorado College, Colorado State University, National Jewish Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and the University of Colorado Boulder.

CU’s 2020 Boettcher Investigators, from left, Petter Bjornstad, Suet Nee Chen, Andra Lee Dingman, Sridharan Raghavan and Justin Brumbaugh.

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

  • Petter Bjornstad, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine – Mechanisms underlying early diabetic kidney disease​
  • Suet Nee Chen Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiology Division – Molecular genetics and pathogenesis of inherited cardiomyopathies​
  • Andra Lee Dingman, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child Neurology – Chronic changes in brain plasticity after neonatal stroke​
  • Sridharan Raghavan, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine – Understanding genetic and non-genetic contributors to diabetes risk

University of Colorado Boulder

  • Justin Brumbaugh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology – Post-transcriptional regulation and stem cell biology

The Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program supports early career investigators whose research has a direct impact on human health. The biomedical research supported pursuant to this grant program will be designed to find ways to prevent disease and improve human health through basic and applied biomedical research. The intent of the program is to fund meritorious research that has the potential for new discoveries or advances a discovery to the proof of its potential value as an application to improve human health. This research will improve the understanding, treatment and prevention of human disease. Awardees will carry the prestigious title of Boettcher Investigator.

CU’s forty-nine Boettcher Investigators have been awarded a total of $11,370,000 since the program was initiated in 2010. See all CU Boettcher Investigators.


 Eligibility crteria and application deadlines for the 2021 Awards will be announced in late 2020.