Steven Jonas_KL2 Awardee

Steven Jonas, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics at David Geffen School of Medicine and 2018 CTSI KL2 alumnus, has received the 2024 Society for Pediatric Research Young Investigator Award. 

Established in 1983, the Young Investigator Award recognizes the achievements of early-career scientists and physician-scientists who've made outstanding scientific research contributions to unraveling the mysteries of childhood development or disease. Each year, just one individual is chosen to receive the prestigious honor. 

As a scientist and engineer, Dr. Jonas' and his multidisciplinary team explore the development and application of nanotechnologies in gene and cellular therapies to treat patients.

In addition to being a 2018 KL2 Translational Science awardee, Dr. Jonas has also received numerous other recognitions for his research including a Director’s Early Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health and has been the recipient of Young Investigator and Scholar awards from the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research, the Hyundai Hope on Wheels Foundation, and the Tower Cancer Research Foundation.

He is also a member of the California NanoSystems Institution, the UCLA Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Research, and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as an attending physician at the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.

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