CCTSI pilot awardee uses virtual biopsies to improve melanoma detection
Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI)

To say that early-career investigator Jesse Wilson, PhD, has recently found success is an understatement. Simply put, he is rocking it. In 2018, the biomedical optics engineer and assistant professor at Colorado State University won a Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Award, and was named the Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, & Schreck-MRA Young Investigator by the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA). The MRA’s Young Investigator program supports the work of early career scientists who have novel ideas for combating melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer and the fifth most common cancer in the United States.

Both CSU and the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) can take a measure of pride in Wilson’s success, as he is a homegrown academic researcher. Wilson earned his bachelor’s from CSU and decided to pursue his master’s degree there as well. He became acquainted with “…all the cool research they were doing there…it was like watching Star Trek come to life with lasers.” And CSU was where he ultimately earned his doctorate.

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