Newsmaker: Timothy Hand
Noteworthy: Hand, a scientist specializing in gastrointestinal immunology, on Sept. 1 became a research scholar within the Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research at Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville. He is the fourth scientist in the Mellon Scholars Program, which enables young researchers to pursue potential breakthrough biomedicine projects.
Residence: Squirrel Hill
Family: Wife, Amanda; daughter, Kay, 2
Background: Hand's research focuses on the development and regulation of T-cell responses against microorganisms and how gastrointestinal infection may trigger an immune response against normal bacteria, as well as whether it is possible to control such responses. An example of what his small lab could work on is how the body reacts to Crohn's or inflammatory bowel diseases and whether medicines can be developed to cure the disorders rather than treat symptoms. Before arriving at Children's Hospital, Hand was a post-doctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Parasitic Disease at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Md.
Education: Bachelor's degree from Trinity College, University of Toronto; doctoral degree from Yale University
Quote: “There are hundreds of labs out there. I'm just hoping to make a contribution. It's sort of a global group effort.”