UMass Medical School researcher named Pew Scholar

August 08, 2000

WORCESTER, Mass. - Phillip D. Zamore, PhD, an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), has been named a 2000 Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences. Presented by the Pew Charitable Trusts to America's "most promising biomedical researchers," the funding is awarded annually to junior faculty at medical schools and research institutions nationwide to help "advance the state of knowledge in the biomedical sciences and encourage scholarly innovation in research."

A resident of Northborough, Dr. Zamore was recruited to UMMS in 1999 from MIT's Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. He is investigating a recently discovered process called "RNA Interference" at the molecular level, research that may eventually form the basis for a new class of drugs to treat some genetic disorders.

Totaling $240,000 over a four-year-period, Pew grants provide flexible support to each scholar as they establish their laboratories and continue their research. This year, of the 120 nominations received, 20 winners were selected by a 16-member national advisory committee appointed by the board of directors of the Pew Charitable Trusts.

A national philanthropic organization based in Philadelphia, the Pew Charitable Trusts support nonprofit activities in the areas of conservation and the environment, culture, education, health and human services, public policy and religion. Through their grantmaking, the Trusts seek to encourage individual development and personal achievement, cross-disciplinary problem solving and innovative, practical approaches to meet the changing needs of society.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the country, attracting more than $93 million in research funding annually. A perennial top-ten finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research, clinical care and public service. In 1998, the UMMS system of hospitals and clinics merged with Memorial Health Care to form UMass Memorial Health Care, the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.