Yeast researcher, Chris Hittinger, named Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences

A University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher, well known for his work studying yeast fermentation, has been named a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Chris Hittinger, professor of genetics, is one of 22 of the latest early-career scientists to receive the honor. He joins the ranks of 500 Pew Scholars recognized since 1985, many of whom are Nobel Prize winners, Lasker Award recipients and MacArthur Fellows.

A national advisory committee comprised by notable scientists selected the recipients, who study everything from biophysics to neuroscience. Scholars have proven themselves to be creative in their scientific endeavors.