Danielle Tokarz 2017-11-08 23:31:30
Tamia Harris-Tryon, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, has received the 2017 Career Award for Medical Scientists from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to further her research on how certain skin cells defend against infection. “I am fascinated by the skin and its innate ability to protect our body from infection,” Dr. Tryon said. “In my current project, I have identified a protein expressed by the skin that can directly kill skin bacteria. Our hope is that further work will increase our understanding of the skin and diseases that affect the community, like eczema and acne.” Dr. Harris-Tryon was among 12 physician-scientists across the country who were selected for the $8.4 million program — which is now in its 11th year. The prestigious award will provide her with $700,000 over a five-year period to support her transition from a postdoctoral researcher to faculty position. Dr. Harris-Tryon’s journey to earning this award began back in 2010 when she graduated magna cum laude from Haverford College and completed the Johns Hopkins University’s Medical Scientist Training Program. From there, she completed an internship at the University of Maryland in addition to her dermatology residency at Johns Hopkins University. In fall of 2013, before arriving at UT Southwestern, Dr. Harris-Tryon completed a service rotation during her final year of residency in Gaborone, Botswana as part of the Botswana-UPenn Partnership, which was sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. In 2015, she received the BWF Postdoctoral Enrichment Program award as a postdoctoral fellow in the Hooper Laboratory.
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