Join us at our symposium and learn about the research projects of current Eddie Méndez Award Scholars. Award recipients are recognized as outstanding postdoctoral fellows who are conducting cancer, infectious disease or basic science research.
This symposium honors Dr. Eddie Méndez, a physician-scientist at Fred Hutch and cherished colleague and mentor. Dr. Méndez’s commitment to cancer research and to supporting early career scientists from underrepresented minority groups.
The event recognizes the outstanding diverse postdoctoral fellows from throughout the United States who are conducting cancer, infectious disease or basic science research. We welcome you to attend and hear this year’s cohort of 10 outstanding postdoctoral fellows will share their science with the Fred Hutch community.
Join us in person on the Fred Hutch campus or virtually on Zoom
The Influence of Neighborhood Deprivation on the DNA Methylome in Breast Tissue From a Diverse Cohort
Identifying Regulators of Early-stage Lung Cancer
Bioinformatic Analyses Reveal a Novel Role for Ang–Tie2 Signaling in Pancreatic Cancer-Associated Fibroblasts
Chasing the Negative: A Search for Resistance Biomarkers in Immunotherapy-Treated Patients
Microbiota-Specific T cell Development
The Role of Meiotic Factors in Ploidy Dynamics
Heart-Brain Feedback Loops: The Neural Mechanisms of Cardiac Homeostasis
Mechanism-Dependent Phenotypic Responses of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales (CRE)
Immunologic Approaches to Emerging Coronavirus Infections
Dr. Eddie Méndez was a physician-scientist and cherished colleague at Fred Hutch who died of cancer in 2018 at age 45. An expert in head and neck cancers, Méndez was known for being passionate about developing new therapies to help prevent cancer treatment side effects and save his patients’ lives.
Méndez, a native of Puerto Rico, attended Princeton University and then obtained a medical degree from University of Maryland at Baltimore. He later came to University of Washington as a surgical resident, eventually spearheading minimally invasive robotic surgery for these tumors (he was the first in Washington state to perform such surgery.)
In 2019, Fred Hutch leadership created the Dr. Eddie Méndez Scholar Award to extend his commitment to supporting early-career scientists, particularly those from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds. The award recognizes outstanding postdoctoral fellows from any discipline who are conducting cancer, infectious disease, or basic science research and individuals who are eligible are from backgrounds that are underrepresented in science based on the NIH definition.