PGC Announces Student Pilot Grant Awardees


The Duke University School of Medicine Office of Biomedical and Graduate Education (OBGE) and Precision Genomics Collaboratory awarded 10 pilot grants of $2,000 each to SOM Biomedical PhD students. The goal of these grants is to support our students in scientific and educational efforts to bolster their graduate training experiences. These awards will help further research in a broad array of topics including into diseases like breast cancer, glioblastoma, meningitis, and more. Funds will also go towards researching topics like gene and chromatin regulation and studying organoid models.

Congratulations to the Awardees!

Makenzie Beaman | Medical Scientist Training Program
Mentor: Greg Crawford, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Professor in Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Elissa Foss | University Program in Genetics & Genomics
Mentor: Anne Yoder, PhD, Braxton Craven Distinguished Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Professor of Biology

Gilberto Padilla Mercado | Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Mentor: John Rawls, PhD Professor of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and Medicine

Viyendra Ramesh | Neurobiology
Mentor: Anne West, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurobiology

Eleanor Semmes | Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Mentor: Kyle Walsh, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Pathology, Pediatrics, and Population Health Sciences

Brandon Le | University Program in Genetics & Genomics
Mentor:  Allison Ashley-Koch, PhD, Professor in Medicine and Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Research Professor in Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Claudia Lee | Biochemistry
Mentor:  Sudarshan Rajagopal, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry

Madeline Clark | Neurobiology
Mentor: Staci Bilbo, PhD, Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Neurobiology, Cell Biology

Samantha Wilkison | Medical Physics
Mentor: Romain Cartoni,PhD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology, Ophthalmology, Neurobiology