David Pagliarini, assistant professor of biochemistry, is one of two UW-Madison professors who will receive 2012 Shaw Scientist Awards. Recipients of the $200,000 Shaw prize are chosen by a panel of prominent scientists from around the country. The annual awards provide needed support to young scientists engaged in groundbreaking research in the fields of genetics, cell biology and cancer research at critical stages in their careers.
Pagliarini’s research explores the function of mitochondria, which are a hub of cellular metabolism and energy production. Malfunctioning mitochondria can lead diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, type II diabetes and several kinds of cancer. A better understanding of how mitochondria work could help treat or fend off those disorders.
The other 2012 Shaw prize recipient was Andrew Mehle, assistant professor of medical microbiology and immunology.