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Ben Garcia-2010 NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Ben Garcia, assistant professor has been named one of 50 scientists nationwide to receive a 2010 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's New Innovator Award, a program to support young scientists early in their careers.  The NIH created the Director's New Innovator Award program to support exceptionally creative new investigators who propose highly innovative projects that have the potential for unusually high impact.  This award will provide $1.5 million in direct costs over five years to support work in the Garcia lab focusing on development and application of novel  proteomic technologies to investigate the role of epigenetic mechanisms in cancer pathogenesis. This effort will seek to identify modification patterns on histone proteins that may be involved in regulation of gene expression patterns in cancer cells. His previous honors include an American Chemical Society Leadership Development award, an American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research award, a National Science Foundation Faculty Early CAREER award and he was recently named an Emerging Investigator by the Molecular Biosystems journal.  More information on the NIH Innovator award can be found at

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