Justin Pritchard named Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Young Innovator

January 30, 2023

By Mariah R. Lucas

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Justin Pritchard, Penn State Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Early Career Entrepreneurial Assistant Professor and assistant professor of biomedical engineering, recently received the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Young Innovator award from the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).

Pritchard was selected for the award after submitting a paper in which he and his collaborators developed an agent-based model of cancer-associated fibroblast interactions with tumor cells and genetic mutations that lead to drug resistance.

The paper was published in a special issue of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, which featured Pritchard’s work and that of 11 other Young Innovator awardees. Authors who hold the rank of assistant professor or the equivalent are eligible for the award.

“As part of a really terrific collaboration with Shelly Peyton at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Michael Lee at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, we were able to better understand through our modeling a paradox between drug resistance data in cell culture and drug resistance data in people,” Pritchard said.

Pritchard’s other coauthors included Scott M. Leighow, Penn State doctoral student in biomedical engineering, and Ben Landry, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School.

The Young Innovator awardees presented their papers at invited plenary sessions at the 2022 BMES Annual Meeting in San Antonio in October.


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