Justine Roth of the Department of Chemistry at The Johns Hopkins University has received a Sloan Research Fellowship to continue her study of enzymes that utilize molecular oxygen during normal cellular metabolism as well as those that remove oxygen byproducts from cells — a process which underlies aging and age-related diseases.
Administered by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the fellowship recognizes early-career scientists and scholars with two-year $45,000 grants aimed at helping them establish their laboratories and advance their research. Roth was one of 118 young scientists and economists to receive the awards this year in recognition of their potential to contribute to academic advancement. Since the Sloan Foundation began awarding fellowships in 1955, 32 fellows have won Nobel Prizes later in their careers.
"Being recognized by the Sloan foundation is such an honor," Roth said. "I'm delighted to have this affirmation that my research program is off to a strong start and that my group's hard work is being well-received."
An assistant professor of chemistry, Roth came to Johns Hopkins in 2003. She earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 1994 and her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2000. From 2000 to 2003, she was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Since joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, Roth has received a number of other honors including an NSF CAREER early award and a Cottrell Scholar award from the Research Corporation.
"This is a tremendous and well-deserved honor for Justine. It is excellent recognition of how highly regarded her research program has become in the four years that she has been at Hopkins," said John Toscano, chairman of the Department of Chemistry. "Our department is also extremely proud that Justine has now joined several other of our faculty who have been previously recognized as Sloan Fellows."
Color digital photos of Roth are available. Contact Lisa De Nike at Lde@jhu.edu or by calling 443-287-9960.
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