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Assembly on Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology Carol Basbaum Award

Meet the 2023 Winner:  Clemente J. Britto-Leon, MD, ATSF


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Dr. Clemente Britto, MD is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine) and the Associate Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program at the Yale University School of Medicine.  Dr. Britto received his medical degree from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, followed by a internal medicine residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Britto then completed Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Adult Cystic Fibrosis Care Fellowships at Yale.

As a member of the ATS Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology Assembly since 2012,  he has served in the Executive, Planning, and Nominating Committees, the Early Career Professionals Working Group, and the Science and Innovation Center, which he currently co-chairs. His contributions within the Assembly included implementing the RCMB Mentorship Program; contributing to the creation of the Andy Tager and International RCMB awards; and conceiving and implementing the Recognition of Early Academic Achievement (REAAch) Award for early career members.

Dr. Britto has contributed important work in CF translational research, including the first mass cytometry characterization of sputum immune cells in CF in 2017 and the first use of  single-cell RNA sequencing to characterize the immune landscape of CF airways in 2020. This work has become a necessary reference for other studies of lung inflammation and scRNAseq in CF. Currently, Dr. Britto is investigating how cell-specific transcriptomes are influenced by sex and CFTR modulators, aiming to identify molecular targets that maximize therapeutic responses and preserve pulmonary health in CF.



The RCMB has established the Carol B. Basbaum Award in recognition of outstanding scientific achievement, mentorship, and leadership potential to a junior investigator in the field of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. 

This award was created in memory of Dr. Carol B. Basbaum, a brilliant scientist who had an international reputation in the area of airway biology and inflammation who passed away in 2005, in the prime of her career. She made seminal findings in airway pathobiology and was considered the preeminent scientist in the field. She was the first to describe the plasticity of airway epithelial cells and describe the role of several new molecules in the lung.  This award also celebrates the leadership and mentoring role that Carol displayed throughout her career and her selfless contributions to her trainees and colleagues.

The award will be presented at the annual RCMB Membership Meeting during the ATS International Conference.


  • The nominee must be:
    • a senior Fellow or Assistant Professor (or equivalent)
    • a member of the RCMB assembly.  Priority will be given to primary RCMB members
    • able to attend the ATS International Conference
  • The nominee cannot receive any other Travel Grant or Award within the ATS that includes Travel to the Conference.

Guidelines for Submitting a Nomination:

  • Send the nominee’s current NIH-style Biosketch
  • Send one support letter with signatures of 3-5 suporters who attest to the impact of the nominee on the RCMB mission.
Letter of recommendation should address each of the following criteria:
  • Scientific Achievement
  • Mentoring
  • Leadership potential
  • Involvement with ATS and RCMB Assembly

Scoring metric weight:

  • 3x - Scientific Contributions/Products
  • 1x - Teaching/Mentoring/Educational Contributions
  • 1x - Participation in Assembly and ATS Activities (administrative, committees, workshops etc.)
  • 1x - Overall impact/impression of dossier submitted for award application

Nomination for the RCMB Carol Basbaum Award will also mean automatic entry into the Science Innovation Center’s Rising Stars of Research Program. The two runners up to the Award (who have research in the area of basic/translational science) will be chosen for this program. Previous awardees are not eligible for the same award.

The two candidates will showcase their research by giving a 15-minute talk in one of two sessions featuring “Rising Stars”. Winners of the Rising Stars of Research Program from, AII, PI-TB, RCMB, and RSF will present their work at the Science and Innovation Center during the ATS International Conference this May. Certificates will also be awarded during the session.


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View Previous Award Recipients

2022- Jennifer Sucre, MD
2021 -Joshua A. Englert, MD
2020 - Benjamin Singer, MD, ATSF
2019 - Jonathan Kropski, MD
2018 - Darcy E. Wagner, PhD
2017 - Amy L. Firth, PhD
2016 - Steven K. Huang, MD
2015 - Kevin K. Kim
2014 - Mauricio Rojas, MD & Claude Jourdan Le Saux, MD, PhD
2013 - David A. Stoltz, MD, PhD
2012 - Michael B. Fessler, MD
2011 - Cara J. Gottardi, PhD
2010 - Anne-Karina T. Perl, PhD
2009 - Eric S. White, MD
2008 - Carol Feghali-Bostwick,PhD
2007 - Sorachai Srisuma, MD, PhD