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Six outstanding biomedical researchers at the University of Colorado are part of the Boettcher Foundation’s 2023 class of Boettcher Investigators, recipients of grant funding through the Boettcher Foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program.

CU’s 2023 Boettcher Investigators

CU’s new Boettcher Investigators and their research topics are:

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Neel Butala, M.D., M.B.A.:  Evaluating the use of the electronic health record to extend the REGROUP Trial.

Caroline M. Dias, M.D., Ph.D.:  Characterizing genetic and cellular heterogeneity in Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome.

Matthew Witkowski, Ph.D.:  Targeting TP53-mutant acute leukemia to overcome chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy resistance.

University of Colorado Boulder

Halil Aydin, Ph.D.:  Cellular and molecular mechanisms of mitochondrial form and function in human health and disease.

Nick Bottenus, Ph.D.:  Binding kinetics of targeted microbubble agents.

Nuris Figueroa-Morales, Ph.D.:  Mechanics of mucus organization and transport

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 sixty-five Boettcher Investigators have been awarded a total of $15,130,000 since the program was initiated in 2010. See all CU Boettcher Investigators.


 The deadline for application submission for the 2023 Awards have passed.

Eligibility crteria and application deadlines for the 2024 Awards will be announced in late 2023.