The receipt of this award, through the Smith Family Foundation, will support work in Dr. Subramanian’s lab towards understanding the fundamental mechanisms underlying cell-to-cell communication during embryonic development. The mission of the Smith Family Foundation, which has been supporting groundbreaking medical research through the Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research for the past 23 years, is to launch the careers of newly independent biomedical researchers with the ultimate goal of achieving medical breakthroughs.