Kauffman Receives Early Career Investigator Award
August 2, 2013
by Akeem Favor
Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Kauffman was awarded the FABBS Foundation’s Early Career Investigator Award during the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology’s 17th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The award honors early career scientists in FABBS’s twenty-two member societies who have made major contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.
Kauffman was recognized for his research which focuses on the relationship between the environment and the neuroendocrine mechanisms controlling puberty, as well as his role as faculty advisor to the Society for Undergraduate Research and Outreach (founded to help underrepresented minority undergraduate students with participation in hands-on research) and numerous other scientific accomplishments.
A faculty member of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Dr. Kauffman describes his long term goal for his research as being able to “…apply what we learn about the neuroendocrine control of reproduction to improving and advancing medical and therapeutic treatments of human infertility, precocious or delayed puberty, and other reproductive disorders.”
The award was presented by FABBS Secretary Dr. Victoria Luine. Dr. Kauffman is the third scientist to receive the award this year; two other recipients will receive their awards later this year.