Congratulations to Two of our Lab-mates on Receiving NIH Awards

Congratulations to Biology Majors Virginia Vasquez-Rios and Morgan Phillips on Receiving National Institutes of Health Diversity in Health-Related Research Awards
Senior Biology majors Virginia Vasquez-Rios and Morgan Phillips have recently been awarded $17,000 (each) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to pursue research and training in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth Ables, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology. The competitive, merit-based research awards were conveyed by the NIH’s Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research program. This opportunity is designed for undergraduates working in NIH-funded labs to gain hands-on training in biomedical research, while bolstering the coursework and career development they need for future pre-professional programs. Ms. Vasquez-Rios (Pre-Medical) and Ms. Phillips (Pre-Dental) are investigating the roles of two novel genes in the control of stem cell function in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. Their studies may shed new light on how tissue-resident stem cells are able to divide continuously in adult tissues, with implications in regenerative medicine and cancer biology. These awards will support their training through the summer and fall of 2018, giving them the time and resources they need to complete their Biology Senior Honors Theses.