Dr. Sean Stowell Receives NIH Early Independence Award

Dr. Sean StowellThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) has honored Sean Stowell, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, with the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award.

Established in 2011, the Early Independence Awards, which include five-year research grants of $1.25 million, are given to a small number of exceptional early-career scientists who demonstrate "the intellect, scientific creativity, drive and maturity to flourish independently without the need for traditional postdoctoral training," according to NIH director Francis Collins.

Stowell’s research is focused on ABO blood group antigens, the carbohydrates on the surfaces of red blood cells that dictate blood transfusion compatibility. How the immune system forms antibodies against blood group antigens – and interacts with microbes that display similar antigens -- is still poorly understood.

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