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Crohn’s, Colitis Foundation Award to support Dr. Schaefer’s research

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 5:37pm

Jeremy Schaefer, PhD

Jeremy Schaefer, PhD

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has honored Jeremy Schaefer, PhD, with a Career Development Award for his study, “MicroRNA Regulation in Irritable Bowel Diseases (IBD).” The three-year award begins July 1 and will provide both salary and research expense support.

Schaefer is an instructor in the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston.

His research deals with mucosal immunity in general and inflammatory bowel diseases in particular, examining how the disorders occur and what keeps them going. The CCFA project will study the role of microRNAs (small RNA molecules that regulate gene expression) in intestinal inflammation and immunity, with a goal of finding pathways or targets that can lead to strategies for diagnosing or treating disease.

The Career Development Award is designed to encourage potential researchers and help them develop careers in independent basic and/or clinical investigation of inflammatory bowel disease. Selection criteria include scientific merit of the proposal and its relevance to inflammatory bowel diseases, and the excellence of the investigator and the research environment.

Schaefer earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from Baylor College of Medicine. He joined the UTSD faculty after completing postdoctoral studies here in 2009.