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Gigley Named Immunologists Policy Fellow

June 22, 2015
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Jason Gigley

The American Association of Immunologists has named University of Wyoming Assistant Professor Jason Gigley as one of its 10 Public Policy Fellows for 2015-16.

The program engages postdoctoral fellows and junior scientists in public policy activities that affect biomedical research.

Gigley, a faculty member in the Department of Molecular Biology, says he is honored by the selection.

“Generating public support, improving government policies and increasing funding for biomedical research are critical for preventing and treating disease,” says Gigley, whose research studies the molecular mechanisms regulating cellular immune responses to the parasite Toxoplasma gondii.

He notes he can become a better advocate for the importance of biomedical research and federal funding at the local and national levels.

“Having scientists involved in discussions that influence these decisions is very important, because we can provide a real-life perspective on how funding policies directly impact our work and affect long-term biomedical outcomes,” he says. “My hope is that by participating in this important program, I will learn how to help my fellow scientists better understand policymaking and better voice their opinions to facilitate stronger support for biomedical research at all levels.”

Gigley joined the UW faculty in 2012 after working as a postdoctoral fellow at George Washington University Medical Center. He received a B.S. (1994) in marine and freshwater biology from the University of New Hampshire, and a Ph.D. (2007) in microbiology and immunology from Dartmouth Medical School.

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