Steiner, Willis named 2011 recipients of Jefferson-Pilot Award

Anne Z. Steiner, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology, and Monte Willis, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine were selected by this year's committee.

Steiner, Willis named 2011 recipients of Jefferson-Pilot Award click to enlarge Anne Steiner
Steiner, Willis named 2011 recipients of Jefferson-Pilot Award click to enlarge Monte Willis

The 2011-2012 award recipients are Anne Z. Steiner, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology, and Monte Willis, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine.  Each will receive $20,000 over a four-year period to be used at their discretion for support of their scholarly endeavors.

Steiner is a Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar and directs a variety of clinical research activities focused on aging and fertility. She has special interest in infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF), reproductive aging and menopause.  She is exploring new lines of research in natural fertility and the periconception window.

Willis’ research interests include cardiac biology, protein quality control, the ubiquitin-proteasome system, cardiac metabolism and novel therapeutics for cardiac atrophy.  His laboratory does research to expand understanding of critical quality control mechanisms in heart disease to discover therapeutic targets to exploit.

The Jefferson-Pilot Fellowship Award is given annually to promising junior faculty to explore new ideas in research, teaching or clinical treatment.  The fellowship program aims to offer recipients greater freedom to explore new ideas and ways of teaching students and treating patients or to investigate biological problems.