Dr. Andre Larochelle, M.D., Ph.D., an investigator in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Division of Intramural Research, was recently named as recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.
Dr. Larochelle is one of 106 researchers from across the nation to receive the United States Government’s highest honor for scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent careers. These awards highlight the efforts of the White House to encourage and accelerate American innovation to grow the nation’s economy and tackle the country’s greatest challenges.
Dr. Larochelle studies regenerative therapies to help those who have inherited blood disorders. He leads a team that is seeking to leverage gene and stem cell-based regenerative therapies for disorders affecting blood-forming stem cells, known as hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). Dr. Larochelle’s program aims to develop regenerative therapies by genetically correcting and expanding the number of HSCs and by deriving HSCs from genetically corrected induced pluripotent stem cells.
“Our Institute is honored that the White House has recognized Dr. Larochelle, one of our highly-talented researchers striving to improve the lives of those who have inherited blood disorders,” said NHLBI Director Dr. Gary H. Gibbons. “This award is emblematic of NHLBI's commitment to both inspire the next generation of scientists and to support those researchers in the early stages of their careers.”