Two researchers in the University of Wisconsin system have earned seed funding from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Shaw Scientist program to pursue innovative approaches to advancing human health while supporting their career development.

As recipients of the Foundation’s 2017 Shaw Scientist Award, Ionel Popa, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Ophelia Venturelli, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry at University of Wisconsin-Madison , will each receive a $200,000 grant to further their projects. For more than 30 years, the Shaw Scientist Program has supported early career investigators seeking innovative solutions in biochemistry, biological sciences and cancer research.

“Being named a Shaw Scientist is a signature recognition for investigators in the initial stages of their careers. Selections are made by a distinguished panel of scientists, so the research is held to a very high standard. And the funding is discretionary, so recipients can choose how to use it for greatest impact in their field,” said Foundation president and CEO Ellen Gilligan. “Exploring new frontiers in science and health honors the intent of Dorothy Shaw, the philanthropist who made this award possible.” Read the full story here.