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SGG Early Career Investigator Achievement Award

Meet the 2023 Winner: Matthew Moll, MD, MPH


Dr. Moll is an Instructor in Medicine at the Channing Division of Network Medicine and Associate Physician in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  He received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, his medical degree from Penn State, and a Master of Public Health in Quantitative Methods from the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Boston University Medical Center and his fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He has been a part of the ATS since 2015 and has been an active member of the ATS Section on Genetics and Genomics Web Committee since 2021. He also leads the Genetic Epidemiology of COPD (COPDGene) study COVID-19 Omics Working Group.

His research focuses on using genetics and other Omics in early identification and therapeutic intervention for individuals at high risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and related outcomes. Dr. Moll has been at the forefront of using Omics to predict risk of and understand heterogeneity in lung disease. He has demonstrated productivity with 56 publications (20 first or senior author) which has led to an NIH K award, 8 research awards, and 22 invited presentations.

Dr. Moll is passionate about using Omics research to improve the lives of pulmonary patients. He attends on the pulmonary consult service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and carries a clinic in the VA Boston Healthcare System. His patients are the primary inspiration for his research.  He is also a dedicated mentor to residents, fellows, and postdoctoral researchers.  Dr. Moll will continue to work with the Section on Genetics and Genomics to promote respiratory-Omics research and advance patient care.



The award recognizes early career investigators with outstanding contributions to the scientific understanding of genetics, genomics, “omics” technologies, and systems biology applications in the fields of respiratory, critical care, and sleep medicine. The Awardee will feature such scientific contributions in a 5-minute presentation at the Section on Genetics and Genomics (SGG) Annual Meeting during the American Thoracic Scientific (ATS) International Conference. There is no monetary award for this recognition. Nominators are encouraged to emphasize the following achievements about a candidate (if applicable): (1) Scientific and Scholarly Productivity, (2) Educational and Mentoring Contributions, (3) Contributions to the Scientific Field, and (4) Participations in ATS, AII or SGG activities.


  1. Nominees must be members of SGG.
  2. Nominees must be within 10 years of their first faculty appointment (or equivalent). An additional written justification is needed to request a waiver of this criterion and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Nominees cannot have previously received another ATS Early Career Award.
  4. Active participation and contributions to the SGG and the ATS will be viewed favorably.
  5. There are no nationality restrictions for this award.


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