Five innovators join the ranks of the Bakar Fellows

Providing unique financial and fellowship support to the nation's most remarkable PhD students in the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Hertz Fellows become innovators and leaders serving in ways that benefit us all.


July 27, 2018

Hertz Fellow David Schaffer has been selected for the Bakar Fellows Program, which supports faculty working to apply scientific discoveries to real-world issues in the fields of engineering, computer science, chemistry and biological and physical sciences. Schaffer, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, bioengineering and molecular and cell biology and director of the Berkeley Stem Cell Center, studies the gene therapy vector adeno-associated virus (AAV) which has seen success in clinical trials for a number of rare diseases.

With the Bakar Fellows program, Schaffer hopes to engineer cell lines that can produce more of the AAV vector, bringing it closer to widespread clinical use.

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