This award has provided a launch pad for my career. It has given me start-up funds that I have used to generate preliminary data that will soon result in a publication in Nano Letters, and that I have used for several grant applications for more sustained funding from federal sources. Additionally, that preliminary data has formed the focus of my new lab, and has allowed me to make bridges with both the basic science community and with my clinical colleagues in other disciplines.
Receiving a Foundation award, especially after just finishing fellowship was truly critical. There aren’t too many funding sources that are available to clinical trainees as we transition to a faculty appointment. These funds from the Foundation are among the only mechanisms out there that I could have availed myself of and have now put me on a path to success.