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Jamie Spangler earns Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award

June 18, 2020

Jamie Spangler, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and chemical and biomolecular engineering, is among the thirty-six early-career faculty members selected to receive a 2020 Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award.

The 2020 honorees—selected on the basis of their past accomplishments, creativity and originality, and academic impact—will each receive a $75,000 grant to support their work over the next year. They also will have the opportunity to participate in mentoring sessions and events designed to connect them with colleagues at a similar stage of their careers.

“Contending with an uncertain funding environment that was further constrained by the impacts of the global pandemic, it has never been more important to invest in the future of our university’s exceptional scholars,” Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels says. “Supporting their research and creative projects will reinforce their fields while benefitting human knowledge and health.”

Spangler’s research focuses on establishing new insights into protein behavior that can be manipulated for medical applications. She aims to expand the repertoire of protein therapeutics by redesigning naturally occurring proteins and engineering new molecules to overcome the deficiencies of existing drugs. In particular, Spangler’s group is interested in engineering antibody-based molecules that reshape immune cell behavior for targeted treatment of cancer, infectious diseases, and autoimmune disorders.

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