Savage receives award
Prof. David Savage, UC Berkeley, has been named a New Innovator by the Director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins. The goal of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program is to support exceptionally creative new investigators who propose highly innovative projects that have the potential for unusually high impact. The New Innovator Program is one of the four programs in the NIH High Risk-High Reward Program, which is part of the NIH Common Fund.
Savage’s laboratory is developing novel methods for engineering biosensors to probe cellular metabolism. Currently, there are few methods to make such measurements, and this technology will enable Savage and his group to quantify metabolite levels at a high spatial and temporal precision. Ultimately, this work could lead to new ways of engineering metabolism, such as harnessing microbes to produce renewable chemicals and as a tool for better understanding diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, that are associated with altered metabolism.
This honor includes a very substantial financial award that can be used by Savage to further the research of his lab however needed.
Savage graduated from Mt. Pleasant Community High School in 1998, pursued his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter, Minn., his doctorate at University of California in San Francisco and spent four years post-doctoral studies at Harvard Medical School. Savage and his wife, Dr. Sarah Stanley, also a professor and research scientist at UC Berkeley, have a three-year old daughter. His parents are Dr. and Mrs. Alfred D. Savage of Mt. Pleasant.