Two Yale Researchers Win Coveted Presidential Awards

NEW HAVEN Conn. – Two Yale University professors are among this year’s winners of a prestigious White House award for innovative research.

Tanya Fischer and Andre Taylor are among 94 scholars nationwide named this week as winners of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.

Fischer is an assistant clinical professor in Yale’s neurology department who was honored for research at the school and at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Haven.

Fischer, now with Bristol Myers Squibb, focused on pain from diabetes and burns as it relates to nervous system problems.

Taylor is an assistant professor of chemical engineering. His work includes using extremely small particles known as nanomaterials for practical purposes like extending the battery life of electronic items, including efforts to double the lifespan of fuel cell devices.

“André has an exceptional talent for finding innovative ways to apply chemical engineering principles to real-world problems,” says T. Kyle Vanderlick, dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science and the Thomas E. Golden Jr. Professor.

In his nominating letter, Dr. Stephen Waxman, the Bridget Marie Flaherty Professor of Neurology, Neurobiology and Pharmacology at Yale, cited Fischer for her research in studying mechanisms of neuropathic pain in diabetes and burn injuries.

“Pain related to dysfunction of the nervous system affects millions of people in the United States and represents an important unmet medical need,” Waxman says. “Dr. Fischer’s studies have helped us to understand neuropathic pain.”

The awards, established by President Clinton in 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President.

ECNmag.com contributed to this report.