$2 million CPRIT grant helps to recruit structural cancer biologist Wasmuth

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Contact: Will Sansom, 210-567-2579, sansom@uthscsa.edu

SAN ANTONIO (May 20, 2022) — Elizabeth Wasmuth, PhD, soon to join The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio), will be supported by a $2 million Recruitment of First-Time Tenure-Track Faculty Award from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). The statewide cancer agency announced the prestigious award on May 18.

Photo of Elizabeth Wasmuth, PhD
Elizabeth Wasmuth, PhD (Photo courtesy Dr. Wasmuth / Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)

Dr. Wasmuth is moving to San Antonio in June from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Rockefeller University in New York City, where she was a joint postdoctoral research scholar utilizing cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM), a state-of-the-art technique, to visualize molecules responsible for prostate cancer progression with unprecedented levels of detail. She will join the Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology at UT Health San Antonio at the rank of assistant professor and serve as a research investigator of the Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Wasmuth is also the recipient of a Pathway to Independence K99/R00 Award from the National Institutes of Health. The award enables outstanding postdoctoral scientists to receive mentored and independent support for up to five years.

Dr. Wasmuth is an accomplished structural cancer biologist, having trained in the laboratories of two Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigators at Memorial Sloan Kettering (Dr. Christopher Lima as a PhD student and Dr. Charles Sawyers as a postdoctoral fellow) as well as with Dr. Sebastian Klinge at the Rockefeller University as a postdoctoral fellow.

In February, CPRIT announced $10.9 million in awards to UT Health San Antonio. This latest grant brings the health science center’s cumulative total of CPRIT awards attracted since 2010 to $130.7 million.

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