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University of Texas researcher Janet Zoldan wins $627,000 NIH grant

University of Texas – Austin biomedical engineering assistant professor Janet Zoldan won a $627,000 National Institutes of Health grant to fund her stem cell research, the Daily Texan reports. 
The award will fund research on how biomaterials, which are natural or synthetic materials that can be engineered to arrange tissue-like structures, “can control the process of stem cells differentiating into cardiovascular cells,” Zoldan said in the article.

Her work on engineering the fate of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) — adult cells that can be converted to embryonic-like stem cells and used to treat everything from diabetes to heart failure — earned her the Trailblazer Award, which is given annually by NIH's National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to select early-stage investigators exploring new areas of biomedical research, according to the university.

Zoldan is the first UT Austin faculty member to receive the award.

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