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Kibbe to be Honored at the White House January 13

January 2010

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University member Melina Kibbe, MD, will be honored at the White House on Jan. 13th as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). PECASE is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Kibbe, associate professor of surgery at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, is a vascular surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and co-chief of the vascular surgery service and director of the Vascular Laboratory at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Kibbe, who was nominated for the award by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will receive funding from the department for five years as part of this award.

PECASE awardees are selected on the basis of two criteria: pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and a commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach. There are 100 recipients nationwide each year. "These extraordinarily gifted young scientists and engineers represent the best in our country," President Obama said in a White House statement. "With their talent, creativity and dedication, I am confident that they will lead their fields in new breakthroughs and discoveries and help us use science and technology to lift up our nation and our world."

Kibbe is being recognized for her innovative research in the field of nitric oxide vascular biology and the development of novel translational therapies for patients with vascular disease. Her focus is on improving the understanding of nitric oxide vascular biology in order to develop nitric oxide-based therapies to improve patient care.

(Last updated on June 21, 2013 )