Precision Genomics Collaboratory Graduate Student Pilot Grants Announced


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 Prader-Willi Syndrome, prostate cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma and influenza. These students are also tackling research in transcription factors and mRNA regulation as well as using tools like single-cell RNA-sequencing, CRISPR-Cas9 and ATAC-seq. In addition to research, these pilot grants are also being used for additional training opportunities that will help with current and future research needs.

Congratulations to the Awardees!

Sam Reisman | Cell Biology
Mentor: Charlie Gersbach, Ph.D., John W. Strohbehn Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Melyssa Minto | Computational and Bioinformatics
Mentor: Anne West, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurobiology

Zachery Mielko | Genetics and Genomics
Mentor: Raluca Gordan, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Biostatistics & Bioinformatics

Wendi Guo | Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Mentor: Colleen Wu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery

Becky Stewart | Cellular and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Donald Fox, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology

Amelia Schirmer | Pathology
Mentor: Everardo Macias, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Pathology

Jude Raj | Medical Science Training Program
Mentor: Kris Wood, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology

Benjamin Schott | Genetics and Genomics
Mentor: Dennis Ko, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Elizabeth Mendes | Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Mentor: Corinne Linardic, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Maggie Bara | Cellular and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Terry Lechler, Ph.D., Professor in Dermatology

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