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!

Ashley Coleman | Molecular Cancer Biology
Mentor: Ann Marie Pendergast, PhD, Anthony R. Means Cancer Biology Distinguished Professor

Shannon Dupont | Cell Biology
Mentor: Blanche Capel, PhD, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology

Dylan Eiger | Biochemistry and Medical Scientist Training Program
Mentor: Sudarshan Rajagopal, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine

Jessica Waibl Polania | Pathology
Mentor:  Peter Fecci, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Immunology and Pathology

Yanting Luo | Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Mentor: Craig Lowe, PhD, Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Estefany Reyes | Immunology
Mentor: Mari Shinohara, PhD, Assistant Professor of Immunology 

Taylor Anglen | Immunology
Mentor: Charlie Gersbach, PhD, John W. Strohbehn Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Arinze Okafor | Cell Biology
Mentor: Yarui Diao, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology

Chi Wut Wong | Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Mentor:  Xiling Shen

Julia Palmucci | Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Mentor: John Perfect, MD, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Medicine