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Candice Clay receives Hartwell Fellowship

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2012 Hartwell Fellow Candice Clay, left, and mentor Lisa Miller, associate professor in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology, & Cell Biology

May 16, 2013 

Candice Clay, a postdoctoral researcher at the California National Primate Research Center at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, was selected to receive a Hartwell Foundation Fellowship. The award recognizes early-stage, innovative and cutting-edge biomedical research that has the potential to benefit children in the U.S. and beyond and provides support for two years at $50,000 in direct cost annually. 

Clay earned her doctorate in immunology from UC Davis and will investigate why young children are so vulnerable to lung infections, such as bronchiolitis and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the most common cause of severe lower respiratory tract disease among infants and young children worldwide. Her work is aimed ultimately at developing treatments to help children fight off these infections.

This is the second Hartwell fellowship to the school. Paula Goines, a postdoctoral researcher working with Pam Lein, professor of neurotoxicology in the Department of Molecular Biosciences, received the award last year for a new approach to studying autism by looking at nerve cells grown from adult stem cells present in the hair follicles of patients.

Full release from the UC Davis Health System here