AAI honours Erika Pearce
Max Planck Director receives the 2020 AAI-BD Biosciences Investigator Award from the American Association of Immunologists (AAI)
Max Planck Director and immunologist, Erika Pearce, receives the AAI-BD Biosciences Investigator Award from the American Association of Immunologists (AAI). The award, supported by BD Bioscience, recognizes an early-career investigator who has made outstanding contributions to immunology research. Pearce was honored for her work contributing to our understanding of how metabolism in immune cells regulates their differentiation and function. Her research continues to investigate metabolic pathways in the immune system, with a view to targeting these pathways for therapy.
The award will be presented and celebrated during the next annualy meeting of the AAI in Honulu, Hawaii, May 8-12, 2020.
Short CV Erika Pearce
Erika Pearce was born in the USA and studied biology at Cornell University (NY) and earned her Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (PA) in 2005. She also completed her postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2009 she launched her independent career, and after holding faculty positions at the Trudeau Institute and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (MO), she was appointed Max Planck Director at the MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg in 2015. In 2018, Erika Pearce received the Leibniz Preis by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
The American Association of Immunologists, funded in 1913, is an association of professionally trained scientists from all over the world dedicated to advancing the knowledge of immunology and its related disciplines, fostering the interchange of ideas and information among investigators, and addressing the potential integration of immunologic principles into clinical practice. The association serves its nearly 8,000 members and the global immunology community by providing a center for the dissemination of information relevant to the field by organizing its annual meeting, summer courses, awards and fellowship programs, career development opportunities, and the publication of The Journal of Immunology.