Congratulations Center Members, Brant Isakson and Jochen Zimmer, honored as Pinn Scholars of the School of Medicine

December 15, 2016 by

The Pinn Scholars program was designed to support and recognize our mid-level faculty and is named in honor of Dr. Vivian Pinn, the only woman and only African American graduate of the UVA School of Medicine Class of 1967.  These faculty were chosen on the basis of their past research accomplishments and a proposed research project, to take their work in novel directions.




Brant Isakson, PhD
Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology & Biological Physics
Project: Identification and characterization of Zika virus interaction with host endothelial cells using intravital microscopy



jz3x_ZimmerJ-100x77Jochen Zimmer, PhD
Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology & Biological Physics
Project: Characterization of how microbial pathogens and symbionts produce capsular polysaccharides


Two more recipients in the School of Medicine:

Shayn Pierce-Cottler, PhD
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Project: The role of vascular pericytes in the regulation of inflammation, vascularization, and fibrosis

Gordon W. Laurie, PhD
Professor, Cell Biology
Project: Development of a structural model of ocular homeostasis to support the development of candidate drugs for dry eye disease