Drexel Student Awarded Tachi Yamada Scholarship by Passage Bio

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — Passage Bio, Inc. has awarded its third annual Tachi Yamada Scholarship to Carrie Gordon, a sophomore at Drexel University. This scholarship honors Dr. Tachi Yamada, co-founder and former Chairman of the Passage Bio Board of Directors, and supports students in Pennsylvania pursuing careers in life sciences.

Carrie Gordon is working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science with a minor in Neuroscience. She has shown remarkable academic prowess and a strong interest in neurology. Her research focuses on neural morphology related to autism spectrum disorder. Carrie is part of Drexel’s STAR Scholars and Aspire Scholars programs, demonstrating her dedication and potential.

Beyond academics, Carrie is active in Drexel’s chamber strings and serves on the board of the Club for Students with Visible and Invisible Disabilities. Her goal is to merge her interests in volunteerism and medicine to provide healthcare to underserved communities.

“We are excited to award the Tachi Yamada Scholarship to Carrie Gordon,” said William Chou, M.D., president and CEO of Passage Bio. “Carrie’s firsthand experiences with the healthcare system have forged her passion for pursuing a career in medicine and giving back to those in need. She exemplifies the qualities this scholarship seeks to honor and is a worthy recipient.”

The scholarship will provide financial assistance for Carrie’s college expenses and includes a mentorship component. She will be paired with a mentor from Passage Bio, offering professional growth opportunities over two years.

Passage Bio launched the Tachi Yamada Scholarship Program in October 2021 to honor Dr. Tadataka Yamada, a visionary biopharma leader who passed away in August 2021. Dr. Yamada was devoted to mentoring young scientists, and this scholarship continues his legacy.

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Empowering the Next Generation of Scientists

This scholarship is significant for several reasons. For students like Carrie, it provides much-needed financial support and mentorship, which are crucial for success in demanding fields like life sciences. For the broader community, it highlights the importance of nurturing the next generation of scientists, who will drive future innovations.

Programs like the Tachi Yamada Scholarship not only honor influential figures but also ensure that their commitment to science and mentorship endures through new generations of scholars. As Carrie Gordon continues her studies and research, the support from Passage Bio will likely play a significant role in her development.

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