Benjamin Pinsky, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, California, has been honored with the 2014 Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Young Investigator Award. In just a few years Pinsky has established a commendable record of productivity as a young clinical investigator and laboratory scientist/director. Ellen Jo Baron, Stanford Professor Emerita, says, "Pinsky is already making major marks on infectious diseases diagnosis and training future leaders in the field."
Pinsky finished undergraduate biochemistry at Harvard University before entering the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Washington. Under the mentorship of Sue Biggins at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, he earned his Ph.D. investigating the basic mechanisms of chromosome segregation using Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism. He did his clinical pathology residency at Stanford, working with mentors Niaz Banaei and Baron, publishing several studies in infectious disease diagnostics. He provided key laboratory expertise and leadership during the 2009 influenza pandemic.
Pinsky, an Assistant Professor, currently serves as Medical Director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory for Stanford Hospital & Clinics and the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. His research interests include the design of novel diagnostics and investigation of the clinical relevance of viral molecular testing, particularly in transplant virology and tropical medicine, where he studies a number of viral pathogens, including CMV and dengue virus. He received the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology Young Investigator award in 2013, and is a member of the College of American Pathologists Microbiology Resource Committee.