2023 cohort of Stead Family Scholars announced

Date: Thursday, July 20, 2023

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is pleased to announce the second cohort of Stead Family Scholars. The goal of this program is to recognize and advance the development of outstanding early-career faculty who are becoming internationally recognized leaders in their respective fields of research.

This year's Stead Family Scholars are: 

Lyndsay Harshman, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Pediatrics–Nephrology, Dialysis, and Transplantation 

Harshman studies how kidney disease affects children’s cognitive development. She will use the funding to investigate the causes of these previously observed differences in brain development with advanced neuroimaging and animal models. 

Alejandro Pezzulo, MD

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine–Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine 

Pezzulo’s lab previously developed a system to measure differences in how cells respond to environmental stimuli. He now aims to develop a “stress test” that could be used to create individualized profiles of cellular response for patients with certain chronic diseases. 

Amy Ryan, PhD

Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology 

Ryan’s work concerns a pathway that regulates how lung cells regenerate from damage. Her goal is to find new targets for therapies in a wide range of chronic lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and cystic fibrosis. 

Stead Family Scholars receive $125,000 per year for three years to pursue new, unexplored ideas that promise consequential discoveries and will also be provided leadership and communication training to advance their professional development. 

Congratulations to this distinguished group of early-career investigators