HSCRB faculty member Jessica Whited, Ph.D. is a 2019 recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers, and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.
Established in 1996, the PECASE acknowledges the contributions scientists and engineers have made to the advancement of science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM) education and to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, and community outreach.
“I am happily surprised to receive the PECASE and honored to represent the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in accepting it,” said Whited, who is an assistant professor of stem cell and regenerative biology.
“I believe this award recognizes the work my lab is doing to understand how salamanders can completely regenerate limbs as well as the continued value of basic scientific research,” Whited said. “I hope that our studies, along with those by colleagues in the field, will provide clues critical for developing future therapeutic approaches that might someday make human limb regeneration a reality for the millions of people living with limb loss. I am grateful for the mentors who have shaped my scientific trajectory and the collaborators and lab members whose hard work and dedication make discoveries possible.”