A Baylor College of Medicine researcher has been named a Pew Latin American Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Dr. Jimena Giudice, postdoctoral associate in pathology, is one of 10 young researchers from Latin American countries picked to be a part of the program.

The Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences program provides salary support over two years, allowing Latin American scientists to work in top laboratories in the United States.

When finished with their U.S.-based research, Fellows receive additional funding to establish labs in their home countries. Not only do they bring their knowledge and skills to U.S. labs but they also help to build the scientific infrastructure in their home country when they return.

Giudice, born in Argentina, received her doctorate in chemical biology from the University of Buenos Aires in 2011. She will continue her research in the lab of Dr. Thomas Cooper, professor of pathology at BCM. Her work explores the molecular mechanisms that guide the maturing process of the embryonic heart.

"We are very fortunate that Jimena chose our lab for her postdoctoral training," said Cooper. "She brings a new perspective to the lab. Her time here provides the opportunity to exchange intellectual and technical skill sets that will be mutually beneficial. It's a win-win situation."

The Latin American Fellows Program was launched in 1991 to help develop and advance the scientific network of highly-trained researchers and to foster collaboration between scientists in Latin America and in the United States. To date, Pew has dedicated over $18 million in direct support for more than 200 Latin American Fellows. The initiative is run by the Pew Charitable Trusts.