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Boettcher Foundation has announced the names of six leading Colorado researchers who are the newest recipients of grant funding through the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program. The program supports promising, early-career scientific researchers, allowing them to advance their independent research and compete for major federal and private awards in the future.

The 2021 Boettcher Investigators represent three of Colorado’s leading research institutions, Colorado State University, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and University of Colorado Boulder.

CU’s 2021 Boettcher Investigators, from left, Nausica Arnoult, Joshua Bear, Sarah Clark, Craig Forester, and Mia Smith.

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

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Joshua J. Bear, M.D., M.A., Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology – Studying cortical networks in medication-refractory epilepsy

Sarah E. Clark, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Host-pathogen interactions in the airway

Craig M. Forester, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor; Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and BMT – Determinants of nascent gene expression in hematopoiesis

Mia J. Smith, D.V.M., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics – B-cells in the pathogenesis of T1D
University of Colorado Boulder
Nausica Arnoult, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology – DNA repair and genome stability

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 fifty-four Boettcher Investigators have been awarded a total of $12,545,000 since the program was initiated in 2010. See all CU Boettcher Investigators.


 Eligibility crteria and application deadlines for the 2022 Awards will be announced in late 2021.